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Visit Congaree National Park

June 24, 2019

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Why not take time to enjoy our natural surroundings during this wonderful part of the year? Yes, it’s hot. So go somewhere shady. Take bug spray. Dress in loose-fitting clothing (cotton). Get up early while it’s still cool… and GO!

Gentleman-explorer next to cypress tree in Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park

There are quite a few maintained trails throughout the park. The most popular is the Boardwalk Trail which is a 2.4 mile roundtrip walk past some of the park’s champion trees. Read about the trails here.

July 13 and every 2nd Saturday : Big Tree Hike at 1pm Join park founder John Cely on a 3 hour exploration of some of Congaree National Park’s big trees. Bring plenty of water, snacks and wear good hiking shoes. This hike goes off trail and covers about 5 miles total.  Guests do not need to make reservations for this hike.

July 13 and every 2nd Saturday: Nature Discovery Walk at 9:30am.
A fun and engaging walk along the park’s Boardwalk with one of the park’s volunteer naturalists. Discover park wildlife and the amazing diversity of plant life that make Congaree National Park unique. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water and insect repellent. 2.4 miles round trip.

Trying to entertain your kiddos this summer? One activity at Congaree NP is their Junior Ranger program. Stop in at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and your child can become an important part of helping to protect the park by picking up your activity book today and learning about what makes this amazing place what it is. More here.

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