• Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    Congaree

    National Park South Carolina

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  • Trail Conditions

    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 »

  • Paddling Conditions

    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.

Walks and Talks

Park rangers and volunteers conducted guided programs throughout the year, as staffing permits.

Visit the Schedule of Events page to obtain exact date and time for each program.

Amazing Adaptations
Stroll around the 2.4 mile Boardwalk and become familiar with some of the amazing adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive here.

Big Tree Hike
Join a ranger on this six mile off trail hike to some of the largest trees at Congaree. Look forward to scoring a few to see if they're champions.

Birds and Branches
Fly into the visitor center and meet a ranger for a guided hike. Bring your binoculars and search out who may be residing in the forest.

Christmas Bird Count
Become a citizen scientist while birding in various habitats throughout the Park. Bring your binoculars and help assess the health of bird populations. Sign up by calling 803 776-4396.

Flat Hat Chats
Listen and learn as rangers give 15 minute talks on different topics including Congaree history, fire, the creation of the Park, and owls. Please visit the Harry Hampton Visitor Center for specific times.

Guided Canoe Tour
Enjoy the ambiance of this old-growth forest while paddling under Bald Cypress and Tupelo trees. Bring water, a snack, and a change of clothes.

Nature Discovery Hike
Discover the floodplain on this guided Boardwalk hike. We'll explore the forest, looking and listening for animals.

Owl Prowl
Explore the world of owls on this guided night hike in the forest. We almost always hear the owls asking, "Who cooks for you, who cooks for you, who cooks for you all?" Reservations are required by calling 803 776-4396.

Skins and Bones
For kids of all ages! Have you ever wondered what animals are wearing under and over their skin? Join a Ranger for a look at some of the skulls and furs of the Congaree mammals.

Tree Trek
Discover Congaree National Park's primeval forested floodplain. Experience the extraordinarily diverse wildlife while walking among the towering trees.

Weston Lake Wilderness Hike
Immerse yourself in a designated Wilderness Area as you hike 4.5 miles on the Weston Lake Trail. Perhaps you'll spot a River Otter in Cedar Creek!

Who Came Before
Join a ranger on a hike through time. Learn about the people who ventured into Congaree before it became a Park.

Did You Know?

Congaree National Park Entrance Sign

In 2003, Congaree became the first and only national park in South Carolina. Until then, it was known as Congaree Swamp National Monument.