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 »
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.
Celebrate SwampFest at Congaree
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
The public is invited to join park rangers and volunteers for special programs to celebrate SwampFest at Congaree National Park on October 5. SwampFest is a local heritage tourism event, which will take place October 4-5 in Lower Richland County. All park programs are free and begin at the Visitor Center.
Park Program Schedule
9:00 am-5:00 pm: SwampFest Art Competition Entries on display at Harry Hampton Visitor Center
9:30 am: Nature Discovery Walk
10:00 am-12:00 pm:Children's Art Activities
10:00 am: Maroon Communities Walk
11:00 am-3:30 pm: Boardwalk Briefs
12:00 pm-2:00 pm:John Cely Book Signing
12:00-2:00: Skins & Bones
1:00 pm-4:00 pm: Children's Art Activities
3:00 pm: Maroon Communities Walk
A free shuttle will take visitors between the Old Mt. Moriah church site on Old Bluff Rd. and Congaree National Park's Harry Hampton Visitor Center from 11:00 am-4:00 pm on October 5. Additional programs and activities are sponsored by the Southeast Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) at the Harriet Barber House and Old Mt. Moriah church site in Lower Richland County. Festival information can be found at http://www.congareeswampfest.com/. For more information about Congaree National Park call 803-647-3970. You can also join Congaree National Park on social media:facebook.com/CongareeNP,@CongareeNPS on Twitter, flickr.com/photos/congareenps/ and pinterest.com/congareenps.
Did You Know?
Many trees in the park have Spanish moss growing on them. Spanish moss absorbs water and food from the air and is in the same family as the pineapple.