Congaree National Park offers all visitors the opportunity to recreate and enjoy the solitude of wilderness. No roads travel through the park, and all activities require a certain amount of walking. While the majority of the park is unimproved, the area around the Harry Hampton Visitor Center is accessible to all visitors so that they are able to experience one of the last great old-growth forests in the country.

Harry Hampton Visitor Center

Designated accessible parking spaces are available at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Restroom located in the breezeway are fully accessible, as are the water fountains outside. The Visitor Center is fully accessible during our hours of operation. The information desk, gift shop and exhibits are all located on one level. For visitors with hearing impairments, the park film is fully closed captioned.

Boardwalk Trail

NOTE: Starting December 2, 2019, the section of Boardwalk between the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and the first junction will be closed so that the section can be rebuilt. Through most of 2020, access to the Boardwalk will be via a short section of Bluff Trail (#1), which starts just outside the Visitor Center. While this necessary work is being conducted, visitors with mobility issues are encouraged to contact park staff at the Visitor Center prior to visiting for up-to-date information that can help them plan their visit.

The Boardwalk Trail starts from the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and loops 2.4 miles through a section of the old-growth bottomland forest. A self-guided brochure is available at the visitors center for use along the trail. The entire trail can be accessed by visitors with wheel chairs or strollers, including ramps to get to the elevated section. Please be aware that the boardwalk does at times shift and is not entirely level, and at times of flooding, some parts of the boardwalk may be inaccessible due to high water.

Last updated: December 1, 2019

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Hopkins, SC 29061


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