About the Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park is a 26,276-acre American national park in central South Carolina. The park received its official designation in 2003 as the culmination of a grassroots campaign that began in 1969. The park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.
Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, Congaree’s forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world. The park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, and tranquil wilderness setting for walking and relaxing,
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Best time to visit
With a muggy subtropical climate, the park experiences mild winters and very warm, wet summers. While the area is accessible in all seasons, it is best experienced in the spring and fall when temperatures are at their most comfortable and insects are generally not a problem.
2) Proper Clothing
While visiting the park, it is best to be prepared with proper clothing and footwear, especially if you are planning an overnight stay in the park’s backcountry.
The park offers a limited number of free guided canoe tours each year allowing visitors to experience the Congaree Wilderness in a unique way, like its popular spot for watching firefly displays on summer evenings. In addition to learning more about the natural and cultural history of the Congaree, visitors will see huge bald cypress, loblolly pine and a range of wildlife while on the tour.