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.
Campers must self-register at the Longleaf Campground (for Longleaf Campground sites and/or Backcountry camping) or the Bluff Campgroung (for Bluff Campground sites only).
Overnight vehicle camping, including "car camping", use of a trailer, camper, or RV is not permitted at Congaree National Park.
Firewood must be gathered in the park or purchased from vendors (in local community) who can certify the wood is pest free or certified from the State of South Carolina.
The length of stay for each permitted camper shall not exceed 14 consecutive days or 28 days in a 6 month period.
Camping in the front country is at designated sites only at the Longleaf or Bluff Campgrounds. The front country is the area in the Park that is north of Cedar Creek between the South Cedar Creek Canoe Access to the east and the Bannister Bridge Canoe Access to the west.
Campers should read the detailed camping regulations found in the Superintendent's Compendium before planning a trip to Congaree.
Did You Know?
Congaree National Park hosts the Old-Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center. Research Learning Centers function as scientific laboratories and research libraries that enhance learning opportunities within our National Parks.