Plan Your Visit
Since most of the park is designated wilderness, you have the opportunity to experience the natural wonders on foot or by canoe. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalk loop trail. The boardwalk loop trail provides wheelchair access to Weston Lake and foot access to other trails that wind through the Congaree floodplain forest. Colored markers make the trails easy to follow. Guided walks and canoe trips are offered free of charge. Call the park for more information, or if you would like to make reservations for special walks and canoe trips.
A marked canoe trail invites you to explore Cedar Creek. Bring your own canoe and personal flotation devices. Canoes and kayaks may be rented in the Columbia, SC area. Before canoeing ask the park staff about current water levels and conditions since low water or flooding is a possibility. Motorized vehicles and water craft are prohibited.
If you are planning an overnight hiking or canoe trip, stop at the park visitor center for a free camping permit, a trail map, and up-to-date information on trail and weather conditions. Fires are prohibited except in the park's designated primitive campsites.
Did You Know?
Harry Hampton began the initial drive to save the Congaree back in the early 50's by using his column in "The State", South Carolina's main newspaper, entitled "Woods & Waters"?