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.
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?
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.