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Congaree National Park, Hopkins

#7 of 75 in Nature in South Carolina
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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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  • Only had time for the boardwalk as the last night of the fire flies was about to take place. We arrived at 2:45 blurred through visitor center, used restroom, out to boardwalk, walked the entire...  more »
  • We brought our infant in a stroller and it was the perfect walk - a 2.5 mile boardwalk loop and a flat 3.2 out and back Sims Trail. Lots of neat trees and scenery to see. The self-guided walk is a...  more »
  • One of the most unique National Parks I have been to. Spent the afternoon walking the boardwalk through the swamp and seeing a ton of wildlife. 4 snakes and a box turtle, some fascinating beetles, and a whole lot of squirrels. A must see for any nature-lovers in the area.
  • A short boardwalk makes up the easy hiking portion of this park. There are backcountry trails with views of lakes and trees. Some nice features like tree 'knees' and good views of the water. It is fairly quiet in the later hours of the day and a good time to feel like you are surrounded by nature. Check if the floodplain has flooded the trails before you go.

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