Hike Through a Beautiful Floodplain

Congaree National Park 

Old-growth Floodplain Forest at Congaree National Park

Butterweed blooms canvas the Congaree floodplain with color
Butterweed blooms canvas the Congaree floodplain with color

NPS Photo

Congaree National Park (CONG) offers many opportunities to experience floodplain and aquatic environments (greater than 90 percent of park is classified as riparian wetlands). When the park isn't flooded, hikers can visit much of the nearly 10,900 ha (27,000 acres) of forested floodplain, including the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland forest remaining in North America.  CONG is part of the International Biosphere Reserve network and is designated a Globally Important Bird Area. Within CONG, the physical and biological components of the river and floodplain interact at multiple spatial and temporal scales supporting incredible biodiversity, national and state champion trees, and multiple species of concern.

Last updated: September 22, 2015