Park Trail Conditions
Recent storms left damage on all park trails. Portions of the elevated boardwalk are currently closed. The lower boardwalk is open. Expect downed trees and debris on all trails and in Cedar Creek. Be prepared when hiking and canoeing.
Temporary Closure of Cedar Creek Canoe Launch
Contact: Lauren Gurniewicz, 803-647-3969
To allow for survey work to take place and to ensure visitor safety, the Cedar Creek Canoe Launch at Congaree National Park in Hopkins, South Carolina, will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday, October 16-17.Survey crews will be working to prepare the area for an upcoming construction and improvement project.Visitors wishing to access Cedar Creek for a paddle during the closure may use the Bannister Bridge Canoe Access, located on Old Bluff Road.
Contractors will be undertaking a project in early 2013 to improve the existing canoe/kayak launch by expanding the parking area and building a new access ramp and launch, which will enhance the visitor experience and prevent creek slope erosion. The project will greatly improve the safety, appearance, and usability of the launch area.The public should expect additional construction related closures at the Cedar Creek Canoe Launch to take place in early 2013.Call the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 803 776-4396, for Cedar Creek access information prior to your visit.
An international biosphere reserve, Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance, and federally-designated Wilderness area, Congaree National Park serves as a classroom and laboratory for visitors, students, and scientists from around the world. Visitors can explore 26 miles of hiking trails, 2.5 miles of boardwalk, a wilderness canoe trail, campground, and visitor center, each providing unique experiences.
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Did You Know?
Congaree National Park ranks among the most diverse forest communities in North America. There are 22 different plant communities in the park.