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.
10th Annual SwampFest Student Art Competition Winners Announced
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
Congaree National Park is pleased to announce the winners of the 10th Annual SwampFest Student Art competition.Co-sponsored by the Southeast Rural Community Outreach (SERCO) and the Friends of Congaree Swamp, the competition is an opportunity for young artists from the Midlands to showcase their talent while celebrating Congaree National Park's diverse resources.Students were asked to submit art to their teachers, depicting plants, animals, water, or recreational opportunities found within Congaree National Park. Park staff from a wide range of disciplines selected first place and honorable mentions from dozens of entries.The first place and honorable mentions will receive cash prizes, provided by the Friends of Congaree Swamp.All entries will be displayed at Congaree National Park's Harry Hampton Visitor Center through early December.The facility is open 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily.
The 10th Annual SwampFest is a local heritage tourism event, which took place on October 6.Programs were sponsored by SERCO at the Harriet Barber House and Old Mt. Moriah church site in Lower Richland County.Congaree National Park hosted special programs in the park, in conjunction with the festival.
SwampFestArt Competition Winners:
First Place: Emily Lee
Honorable Mention: Emma Caulder
First Place: Jadelynn Dunbar
Honorable Mention: Jakel Boyd
First Place: Leon Prince
Honorable Mention: Travis Walters
First Place: Joel Ramirez
Honorable Mention: Mark Johnson
First Place: Zakierra Moody
Honorable Mention: Nyjayla Williams
First Place: Andrea Robichaud
Honorable Mention: Zack Falkosky
First Place: Lily Leaphart
Honorable Mention: Tyler Corbitt
First Place: Kaitlyn Cote
Honorable Mention: Hailey Voytko
Did You Know?
There are many natural lakes called “Oxbows” within Congaree National Park, which used to be bends in the Congaree River. Some formed thousands of years ago.