Park Trail Conditions
Recent storms left damage on all park trails. Portions of the elevated boardwalk are currently closed. The lower boardwalk is open. Expect downed trees and debris on all trails and in Cedar Creek. Be prepared when hiking and canoeing.
Filming permits are required for any commercial filming or photography that occurs within Congaree National Park. For purposes of definition "filming" or "film making" is commercial motion picture photography or video taping. Documentaries, travelogues, feature stories and similar types of filming also require a permit.
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A Scientific Research and Collecting Permit is required for most scientific activities pertaining to natural resources or social science studies in National Park System areas that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors. When permits are required for scientific activities pertaining solely to cultural resources, including archeology, ethnography, history, cultural museum objects, cultural landscapes, and historic and prehistoric structures, other permit procedures apply. The park's Research Coordinator can provide information regarding permit procedures, or answer questions regarding current research at Congaree National Park. For a list of current research needs, please click here.
How to Apply for a Research Permit at Congaree National Park
The National Park Service manages an internet-based system called the Research Permit and Reporting System (RPRS), which provides the following services if you are interested in obtaining permission to conduct a natural resource or social science study in a unit of the National Park System:
To access the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System and learn more about the NPS scientific permit application process, please visit the RPRS website: http://science.nature.nps.gov/research
Did You Know?
The Elevated Boardwalk at Congaree National Park is raised roughly 8 feet off the ground, is 3 miles from the Congaree River, and floods over about every 4 to 5 years.