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Congaree National Park

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Address: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-9118
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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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Quiet and beautiful nature to recharge your energy

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... read more

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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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United States
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745 reviews
542 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Atlanta, Georgia
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71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I should start by saying, one of my goals in life is to visit every one of the 59 national parks. If that sounds like you, then absolutely you should visit this one! If you are a casual NP visitor, you can put this one towards the bottom of your list. Don't be me wrong, it's a beautiful place. It's... More 

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had reserved spots on a ranger led canoe trip. There had been storms in the area, and the water level was high. The canoe trip was cancelled, and the reason was that the boundaries of the water were changed and it was easy to lose your way. We were disappointed. The water we saw in the park was not... More 

Thank Ann G
Simpsonville, SC
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have visited a lot of the National Parks and have always felt slightly embarrassed that we had not visited the one NP in our home state! We checked it off the list this weekend though and were not disappointed! Beautiful forest and swamp land, great hiking trails/boardwalk and super friendly employees at the visitor's center! We... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tent camped 2 nights. 10 sites at Longleaf campground, the other site Bluff campground requires a 3/4 quarter mile hike. I had site 10, which was the farthest from the parking lot. You don't park next your site, it is walk-in. Not much privacy between sites. 2 vault toilets. The paddle was beautiful. I went downstream after launching at Cedar... More 

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Marion, Illinois
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a nice park within an hour or so from a major metro area ( Columbia). The park was partially flooded in winter but I could still hike about 80% of the boardwalk. Other parts of the part were still flooded. Of note there are big trees or champion trees but they are not around the board walk. I... More 

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This was national park #38 out of the 59 for me and it didn't disappoint even if I only had a few hours to spare here. I got to the park at 9am (a chilly 32F!), did boardwalk 'loop'...well all the sections that were open (about 2.5miles) and it was just lovely. The tall trees; pines, cypresses, the floodplains/wetland combined...the... More 

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