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Congaree National Park

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Address: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-8320
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+1 803-776-4396

One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to...

One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.

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My daughter loved it.

My daughter, who loves to hike, loved it. It was nice but once was enough for me. I am not much of a hiker and the heat and humidity was a little more than I liked. First time in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Douglas O
Lodi, California
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Lodi, California
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter, who loves to hike, loved it. It was nice but once was enough for me. I am not much of a hiker and the heat and humidity was a little more than I liked. First time in a swamp though.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was traveling from Columbia to Charleston with some friends so we decided to stop at Congaree and do a hike. We did the Weston Lake Loop which was 4.4 miles. I came in with very low expectations, and they were exceeded. The swamp forest is quite lovely. Once we were off the boardwalk, there were some very dicey places... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time my husband and I visited the park. Like many, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was free. We took the boardwalk trail down to the lake and as the south end of the boardwalk loop is under construction we took the Sims Trail back (about 3 miles total). Do pick up a pamphlet... More 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have walked on the boardwalk and taken the ranger led canoe trip through the swamp. The ranger led trip was great... We stopped, enjoyed lunch, walked around, found a hollowed tree trunk, took photos, and paddled back. I would definitely do this again.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I highly recommend attending an Owl Prowl, one of the park's specialty tours. Although you might not have the opportunity to see or hear an owl, you will still learn about the life of owls and enjoy a lovely walk through the woods at night. Please take a red flashlight if you have one.

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Plain City, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped on our way home from Charleston and it was totally worth the stop. The best part of our hike was it wasn't real hot or wet so we didn't get eat up by mosquitos. Part of the boardwalk was being replaced when we were there, so if you are looking to hike the boardwalk loop trail, you might... More 

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

It's not Grand Canyon or Yellow Stone, but it's worth a visit. The park is beautiful with big trees and lakes. It's not far away from Columbia or Charleston. Camping is great. I did not have time to do canoe trips with park rangers but I have been told that it is very nice.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

Congaree is one of the newest national parks and it is amazing. First, it's FREE to get into. Second, it's only 20 minutes from Columbia, SC, and you can do a day trip. This is one of the last bottomland hardwood forests in the country, with the tallest trees east of the Rockies.There's a 2.5 mile loop boardwalk you can... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

We enjoy visiting National Parks and the kids love to collect junior ranger badges. We visited Charleston for Spring Break and stopped at Congaree on our drive home. I am so glad we did! We grabbed our junior ranger booklets from the visitor center and set off around the boardwalk loop and finished on the Sims trail.(just under 3mi roundtrip).... More 

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Reviewed 21 April 2017

Visited Congaree National Park in March. It was a little early in the season but that just meant it hadn't rained enough yet for the trails to be flooded and for the bugs to be out. Very few people, peace and quiet, birds chirping and singing, squirrels flying from tree to tree, a clear and sunny day with a temp... More 

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