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. 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. 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.

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  • This National park has eluded me for years as I don't do to much work on the east coast, but was finally able to stop by on a weekday. The visitor center was locked up, as was the gift shop. I...  more »
  • Wife and I brought our two yorkies and did the wooded loop trail. It had been raining on and off all day so it was a little slick with all the leaves on it as well. You had to keep moving to avoid...  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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