We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Congaree National Park. You can make sure that your visit is a safe and pleasant one by following a few safety guidelines:
- If something seems dangerous, don't do it! People are injured every year in national parks by doing things such as crossing a stream improperly or straying off of marked trails. If you have a bad feeling about a situation, it is best to always play it safe.
- Do not be afraid to say something if you see somebody else being unsafe. If you feel uncomfortable, find a park ranger and let them know so that they can notify the proper people to handle a situation.
- Know before you arrive what you need to have a safe hiking trip or outing on the water.
- If you seem something that could be a potential safety hazard, let park staff know so that they can take care of it as soon as possible. This helps park staff keep other visitors safe from harm.
- If you get lost, stay in one place! This will prevent you from getting lost even further, and helps rescuers reach you quicker.
- If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1. Cell service can be unreliable in the park, so you may have to find a place where there is reception, or send someone with a cell phone to make the call. Calling 9-1-1 helps emergency responders to get your exact location and arrive sooner.