South Cedar Creek Canoe Launch & Parking Area Closed
The South Cedar Creek Canoe Launch is closed for a parking lot expansion project. Paddlers may access Cedar Creek from Bannister Bridge during closure. Be prepared for multiple portages along Cedar Creek. More »
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?
In North America, only the conifer forests of the Western U.S. coastal region are substantially taller. East of the Mississippi, just a few patches of white pine and some cove forests in Great Smoky Mountains NP are taller. When compared to all of the world's forests, Congaree is among the tallest.