• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek


    National Park South Carolina

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  • Trail Conditions

    Trails have been adversely impacted by an active flood season and winter ice storms. They are littered with debris and many markers are missing. All hikers should use a compass and map when hiking in the park. A trail marking project is underway. More »

  • Paddling Conditions

    Numerous portages exist along Cedar Creek. Please plan accordingly when preparing to paddle in the park and be sure you are prepared for a safe trip.

News Releases

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June 16, 2014
Congaree National Park Receives 2014 National Park Foundation Impact Grant
Congaree National Park is one of 23 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Impact Grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

June 12, 2014
Trail Marking Project Underway
Rrangers have begun an extensive project to re-mark over twenty miles of trails. The project will result in a safer experience for visitors. Park trails are currently identified by colors corresponding to trail names. The new marking project will replace color coding with numbers associated with each trail.

June 12, 2014
"Potential" Wilderness Converted to Wilderness
Superintendent Tracy Stakely announced the conversion of approximately 6,690 acres of park land from “potential” wilderness to wilderness. The land was originally labeled “potential’ wilderness in October 1988. The conversion was accomplished via publication of a notice in the Federal Register last month.

April 14, 2014
Prescribed Burn to Take Place at Congaree National Park
Within the next 2 to 3 weeks Congaree plans to complete two controlled burns on approximately 975 acres of park woodlands. The purpose of prescribed fire is to reduce hazardous fuels and the threat of wildfire to park neighbors, enhance habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and restore fire in the natural system.

April 04, 2014
Go Wild for Congaree!
Join rangers and volunteers at Congaree National Park this month for a variety of programs celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and National Park Week. All programs are free.

March 21, 2014
Tourism to Congaree National Park Creates $5,144,000 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service report shows that 109,685 visitors to Congaree National Park in 2012 spent $5.144 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 66 jobs in the local area.

August 28, 2013
Congaree National Park Seeks Public Input on Proposed Fee Program
Beginning September 3, 2013, Congaree National Park will begin a 30-day public comment period on the proposed addition of expanded amenity fees at the park.

Did You Know?

Congaree National Park Entrance Sign

In 2003, Congaree became the first and only national park in South Carolina. Until then, it was known as Congaree Swamp National Monument.