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Congaree National Park

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Address: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-9118
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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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Owl Prowl

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... read more

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Sandi B
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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193 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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231 reviews
96 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank AnywhereTraveller45
Westfield, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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542 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks 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 

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Simpsonville, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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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