Home of Champions

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.

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See a glimpse of what Congaree National Park has to offer, including champion trees, kayaking and canoeing opportunities, and wilderness for exploration and rejuvenation.

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Current Conditions and Alerts

How high is the water, ranger? Check conditions here!

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Upcoming Programs and Events

Check out our park calendar to see what's coming up!

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Trail Information

Plan your hike into the Congaree wilderness.

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Canoe and Kayak Adventures

Journey into the heart of the park on Cedar Creek.

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Camping Information

If you really want to experience Congaree National Park, stay in one of the park's primitive campgrounds or in the park's wild backcountry.

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Fishing at Congaree

The park is a great place to fish; however, please read and understand the rules and regulations carefully.

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Congaree River Blue Trail

Paddle the 50-mile designated recreational paddle trail, extending from the state capital of Columbia downstream to Congaree National Park.

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Plan a field trip to Congaree National Park.

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Congaree is dedicated to providing meaningful, engaging opportunities to all individuals. Learn more about available resources.

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Make sure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

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History and Culture

Humans have inhabited the area that is now Congaree National Park for at least 10,000 years. Read more about the region's history.

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Congaree Biosphere Region

Congaree National Park is proud to be part of the Congaree Biosphere Region, designated by UNESCO. Learn more about the CBR.

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Wildland Fire

Learn more about prescribed burns, and how fire can be an essential tool in both preventing wildfires and helping certain ecosystems thrive.

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Be a Junior Ranger

Learn how to become a Congaree Junior Ranger!

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Volunteer With Us

Learn how to become a Congaree Volunteer!

Last updated: May 14, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061


803 776-4396

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