• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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  • Longleaf Campground Closure Sept. 2-3

    The Longleaf Campground will be closed from 10:00 am Tuesday, September 2 - 10:00 am Wednesday, September 3. The closure will allow for exotic plant removal.

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    A trail marking project is underway to identify trails with numbers instead of colored blazes. All hikers should use a compass and map when hiking in the park. More »

Directions

 

Note: GPS Directions to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, 100 National Park Road, Hopkins, SC at Congaree National Park will not guide you to the correct location. Use a map or the directions below to find the park. Brown and white directional signs will lead you to the Visitor Center area.

From CAE - Columbia Metropolitan Airport. (Approx. 24 miles)
At the airport exit, go right on the ramp following signs to SC 302/Columbia. Follow the John Hardee Expressway until it ends at SC 302/Airport Blvd. Turn left onto SC 302 East toward Columbia. Drive approximately one mile, and turn right onto Interstate 26 East, toward Charleston. At Exit 116, turn onto Interstate 77 North towards Charlotte (LEFT EXIT). Continue on Interstate 77 for approximately five miles to exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5.

From Spartanburg (Approx. 115 miles)
Follow Interstate 26 East (towards Charleston) to Exit 116. At Exit 116, turn onto Interstate 77 North towards Charlotte (LEFT EXIT). Continue on Interstate 77 for approximately five miles to Exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5.

From Charleston (Approx. 114 miles)
Follow Interstate 26 West (towards Spartanburg) to Exit 116. Turn onto Interstate 77 North towards Charlotte. Continue on Interstate 77 for approximately five miles to exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5.

From Charlotte (Approx. 110 miles)
Take Interstate 77 South for approximately 95 miles to Exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5.

From Interstate 77, Exit 5
At Exit 5 turn onto SC Hwy 48 East/Bluff Rd., following the brown and white Congaree National Park directional signs. Travel southeast approximately 12 miles on SC Hwy 48/Bluff Rd. toward Gadsden. Take the right fork onto Old Bluff Rd. at the brown and white sign. At the large park entrance sign, turn right onto the park entrance road and proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right.

From St. Matthews / Hwy 601
Follow Hwy 601 North to the intersection with Bluff Road/SC Hwy 48. Turn left onto Bluff Road. Follow Bluff Road for 11 miles, until you see the brown and white Congaree National Park directional sign. Immediately after the sign, turn left onto Mt. View Road. Follow Mt. View Rd. for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Old Bluff Rd. and travel 0.6 miles. At the large park entrance sign, turn left onto the park entrance road and proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right.

Did You Know?

Oxbow Lake

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.