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Congaree National Park, Hopkins

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Congaree National Park is a 26,276-acre (41.1 sq mi; 106.3 km2) American national park in central South Carolina, 18 miles southeast of the state capital, Columbia. The park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. The lush trees growing in its floodplain forest are some of the tallest in the eastern United States, forming one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world. The Congaree River flows through the park. About 15,000 acres (23.4 sq mi; 60.7 km2) are designated as a wilderness area.

The park received its official designation in 2003 as the culmination of a grassroots campaign that began in 1969. With 145,929 visitors in 2018, it ranks as the United States' 10th-least visited national park, just behind Nevada's Great Basin National Park.
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  • We are NP fans and enjoy visiting parks. We stopped here and spent the afternoon exploring. The boardwalk is an easy walk and took a stroller for our 3 year old. Bug spray is a necessity (mosquito... 
    We are NP fans and enjoy visiting parks. We stopped here and spent the afternoon exploring. The boardwalk is an easy walk and took a stroller for our 3 year old. Bug spray is a necessity (mosquito...  more »
  • We walked the 2.5 mile boardwalk in August and were prepared for all kind of bugs with long pants and long-sleeved shirts based on previous reviews. It was hot, 85 degrees, but we didn't really work....  more
    We walked the 2.5 mile boardwalk in August and were prepared for all kind of bugs with long pants and long-sleeved shirts based on previous reviews. It was hot, 85 degrees, but we didn't really work....  more »
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  • Nice and friendly at the welcome center. Boardwalk trail is elevated and family friendly. Wilderness trail part is off the beaten path but well maintained and visual cues evident. Flat easy trails all over although the wilderness trail area does have a high probability of animal encounters. Great hike, great park!
  • Great park. No entrance fee. Camping is an available option here. Really nice volunteers there to answer any questions you may have about the park & trails. The visitors center is a little dark inside but has some nice souvenirs to choose from. They also have some snack options and water available for purchase.

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