Located in South Carolina’s central wetlands, Congaree National Park protects the largest group of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern US.
The area is relatively flat and continually inundated in shallow water. The local variety of trees are well adapted to these conditions, Their roots don’t rot and they are able to grasp the sopping wet soil well enough to reach heights in excess of150 feet (47 m). The slow flowing Congaree River creates the southern border of the park, and it is known to flood its banks frequently between November and May. There are no roads through the park, but much of it can be seen by kayak or canoe.
Take the 2.4 mile elevated boardwalk loop to get a great lay of the land without ever getting your boots muddy.
Off the Beaten Path:
Hike the River Trail out to Congaree River (10 mile, 16 km round trip), and find a flat spot near the water to camp. There are no designated backcountry campsites in Congaree.
I’d like to kayak the 15 mile (24 km) Cedar Creek Canoe Trail. The creek is over hung with branches and fallen trunks; You essentially paddle through the forest. Inquire about the water level ahead of time. Free ranger guided canoe tours are also offered for shorter distances.
For more information on my visit check out my post.