A free camping permit is required for all camping in Congaree National Park.
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.
This 14-site, primitive campground is located in the front country near the park entrance road. Longleaf Campground has porta-johns, fire rings with grills, and picnic tables. Each of the 10 individual campsites are limited to 8 campers and 2 tents. There are 4 group sites, with a limit of 24 persons per site. Parking is available at the campground. Campers must self-register at the bulletin board located near the campground parking lot. Campers registering must have a valid photo ID. Check out time is 12:00 pm.
The Bluff campground is located in the front country. This 6-site primitive campground is accessible by hiking in. Sites have fire rings and picnic tables. The sites are limited to 8 campers and 2 tents. Camping is primitive with no facilities. Campers must self-register at the kiosk located at the Bluff Campground. Campers registering must have a valid photo ID. Check out time is 12:00 pm.
The Backcountry campsites are limited to 6 persons and 3 tents. You may camp in the wilderness by hiking or paddling in. Camping is primitive with no facilities. Fires are prohibited in the backcountry. Backpacking stoves or contained cooking units are permitted. Campers must self-register for backcountry camping at the bulletin board located near the Longleaf Campground parking lot. Campers registering must have a valid photo ID.