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This was a lot of fun for the dog. We did see some baby wild hogs though which means the mama hog was close by and that is something you don't want to mess with, especially if you have kids or something. That was at about halfway down trail #2 past the boardwalk. We will definitely be back though, beautiful park!
Great place to hike. Looking forward to going back and camping and canoeing.
Wow! I had no idea this was there! Beautiful with amazing trees and great hikes. The only reason it didn't get five is because 4 months a year it's just too hot to hike.
Great weekend trip. Bring your kayak fir the best weekend possible
I wish we could have spent more time. Amazing trails. It was flooded in one section but they had the message on the bulletin board. We saw a barred owl while on the trail.
Very nice peaceful walk along the boardwalk. You could spend all day there
Great change of landscape from mountains to swamp lands. Long trails, board walks. Just want to visit in the dry season and becareful of wild animals if venturing far. Experience is surreal
Loved the quiet here! I’m from the west coast so this is much different than the parks I’m used to visiting.
This park contains very good hiking along its boardwalk and trail through its unspoiled bottom land forest. A hike in this park will give a good sense of nature and should relax you. Do not go while it is hot, avoid visiting during the peak of summer as it was for me unbearable. The visitor center was alright but nothing special for a national park. It is still a place that would be worth a visit for anyone who enjoys nature, just try for a visit in the fall. The park would make a nice place for a picnic with the family or friend.
We were looking for a place to camp near Charlotte and ended up coming here for the weekend. It's conveniently located about an hour and a half from Charlotte which is pretty convenient (it's also right outside of Columbia). We camped at a group campsite at the Longleaf Campground. The campsites were huge and each had a fire pit. There were vault toilets at the front of the campground. The parking lot was right by the campground. The sites were close together and unfortunately we had loud neighbors, but I can't blame the campground for that. The weather was ok, but not great. It sprinkled on and off a couple of times on Saturday and was a little chilly, but we made the most of it. We're used to hiking in the blue ridge mountains, so this was something different. We did the Winston Lake Loop Trail which was around 5 miles. We really enjoyed it. It was quite scenic to see all of the trees in the marsh/swamp. The trail did get quite muddy at different parts, so definitely be prepared with waterproof boots if it has rained at all recently. In the afternoon we went kayaking which was my favorite part of the park. They do free canoe tours some days, but other than that you need to bring your own kayaks or rent from somewhere in Columbia. We started at the South Cedar Creek Canoe access. The parking is close to where you put your boats in so that's nice. The river moves fairly fast, so starting upstream is probably a better idea. We paddled for a while in both directions. It was incredibly scenic along the river and cool to be that close to the trees in the water. I'm really glad we checked this place out. It's a great place to spend a day or a weekend!
Do A kayaking trip on Cedar creek, and make it a camping trip. Your life will be better. Amazing old growth, Barred owls, wild hogs, and solitude.
Beautiful park! Great place just to walk and take in this old growth forest!
It's a hidden gem. Hardly anyone there, and the trails are nice and well kept. I also loved the wildlife.
This place is fantastic. This is one of the only parks ive been too with a boardwalk trail. It is very peaceful place and its great for relaxing.
Quiet with a nice elevated walkway. Very passionate staff.
Cool national park. Great to hide from the sun and spot some animals
Congaree was beautiful and not super crowded at 10am on an early spring Saturday. The raised platform trail was perfect with two elementary kids.
Very cool national park and its FREE
I went exploring here while visiting a friend in the area. I was astounded by the beauty of this park. It was great to walk around the "boardwalk" and see nature. It was extremely peaceful and quiet. I went just an hour before sun down and snapped some really beautiful shots. After dark, the lights on the path from the main building out to the cars lit the way and were really pretty. I was lucky enough to snap a wild boar and get him on video as well. I will be back when in the area again.
We all loved walking around the park. We were hoping to see some alligators but they were hiding pretty well. We did see alot of lizards though which my kids thought were pretty neat
This is a beautiful National Park! I would definitely recommend visiting here! There is a beautiful boardwalk and it is great to hear about all the history and how hard the people of South Carolina worked to protect this beautiful land. The visitors center is very informational and the staff are very helpful and kind!
One of the best places without spending much. So much of lush green and nature abundant. Make sure you and your loved ones go safe - snakes, crocodiles, mosquitoes around.
Congaree National Park is definitely worth the stop. Nature at its best. Loved the 2.4 mile loop trail.
We got to the park right before the Visitors Center opened. Did the boardwalk trail. The pamphlet for the boardwalk trail was very informative. Very peaceful.
This is a great place for people of all ages to visit, plus they have good fishing
A small park with some nice trails. A good place to get out and stretch
A must visit at night during fire fly season end of May/early June. The fire flies flash in sync with each other. Also decent amount of not difficult trails that allows for you to further see the swamp forests.
Very nice hike and easy trail reminds me of something out of a fairytale looks very mystical.
It's a wonderful place to enjoy a day hiking through the outdoors. There are plenty of trails winding throughout the park, and the boardwalk loop provides a 'safe' glimpse into the varied environments in the park. We went on an early …
Went to see the synchronized fireflies. So neat! The park was open after dark till 10pm and park rangers had roped off a trail & lined it with red lights so as not to disrupt the fireflies. There was available reusable red cellophane (turned in after your tour) to cover flashlights if you needed to use them. The visitor center was open and my three littles were able to rest between sets and get their JR Ranger badges and stamps. Everyone was cheerful in spite of the late day, and a great time was had by everyone as far as I could tell. Wear mosquito repellent, but apply it before entering the park. The mosquitoes can be BRUTAL there. We didn't use it but there is an accessible walkway to make the park enjoyable for all.
Beautiful tropical like national park. It's worth carving out a few hours to see.
A relatively unknown national park, and one of my favorites. Seeing the champion trees amidst a beautiful swamp is amazing. There are plenty of birds to watch, and otters (though I've yet to see any). I'd recommend bringing hiking sandals, as some of the trails have standing water and mud after it rains. All part of the adventure!
We rented a canoe and paddled among the bald cypress trees on a beautiful late summer day.
Park is beautiful and the board walk trail makes it easy for anyone. Kids, dogs, any age. There are other trails if you want to make a day of it. Nice picnic areas and camping spots
Beyond exceeded my expectations. The Firefly Festival was magical. Strongly recommend a visit.
My friend and I went fishing and I fed alot if fish and she caught babies, but I enjoyed being there
It's a neat park but a lot of it looks the same especially on the boardwalk trail. Love the Cypress trees and their "knees". Such a unique feature of the park especially with water pooled all around.
This is a great park for hiking and canoe /kayak. Unspoiled with mutliple difficulty levels and distances on trails. If you have not seen the synchronized fireflies before, you need to go. It is on right now but not much longer. It's one of only 4 locations in the country for this. Just amazing. Check out their website for more info. The local transit service is doing shuttles this weekend for the fireflies. This is new. Expect big crowds if you go on the weekend.
I love the boardwalk! It's like walking in the woods, but you are on the boardwalk so you don't have to worry about walking through mud or climbing over trees, you could easily take a stroller and have no problem whatsoever. Just make sure you take some insect repellent.
I think this is a wild boar refuge. But still, it was a great hammock camping experience. Use hammock with a mosquito cover. The river trail pretty much does not exist along most of the river section. It is greatly over grown. Great morning sounds just before sun up.
This is a wonderful feature to the metro area. A peaceful national park just a quick drive from downtown columbia. With miles of walking paths for the adventurous type, or a comfortable 2.4 mile boardwalk for everone else, this unique preserve has something for everyone. Camping and recreation areas are available too. Certainly a +1 for the quality of life here in the midlands.
A great place to bring your family and friends. Pleasant walks. Unique views. Definitely recommend
We had such a good time spotting wildlife from the boardwalk.
This National Park is just side of the capital city and is worth the visit. The park has some of the largest trees in SC growing its boundaries. The wildlife is truly amazing. From the birds to the reptiles you might get lucky enough to spot them in the wild. On this trip we were lucky enough to watch owls feeding in the wild and snakes swimming in a little bog area. Them most amazing thing were the Synchronized Fire Flys. Truly a wonder to witness this sight.
This was definitely the best way to experience a swamp. The boardwalk was perfect for walking and a wagon with kids. We saw frogs, snakes, and a massive fishing spider
The park is always very clean. Facilities are well maintained, bathrooms clean and stocked. I recently went to the firefly walk for the first time. I was impressed more by the park's organization and efficiency than the fireflies!
Congaree national Park is a good place for boardwalk .I was kinda disappointed as I heard that we could see animals .But it has only trails .Though felt good after seeing small turtles and fish in the Congaree river .Though if u like to see fireflies trail ,u can surely visit there
Highly enjoyed the boardwalk. Been going here since i was a child. Highly recommended!
I loved this park. It was a nice experience for marsh lands, different trees, wildlife, and plants. I enjoyed listening to the woodpecker and other birds. My family enjoy the boardwalk adventure.
Great touch of nature! You can walk or wander for hours in the quiet woods.
The perfect place for any nature lover. The park staff are amazing!
Wonderful, very picturesque old growth cypress forest. Great fishing!
Beautiful nature walk and my four toys survived two trails
If in south Carolina and near Colombia and you are looking for thinks to do then this is a good place to hang out with your family and friends. Come it the spring time so that you can get all the beauty in this lovely forest. They have picnic tables by the parking lot for you to enjoy your food. I loved this place.
Loved watching the synchronous lightning bugs again this year!
Not what I was expecting for a national park. Beautiful, nonetheless!
Great national park with plenty of options. Paddle boats, canoes, Hike, camp, plenty of hiking trails, it is a great place to go and have a nice relaxing day! I would recommend this park.
Not quite what we expected. Could see this as more of a state park or nature preserve than a national park.
Congaree is an experience not to be missed. Being from Colorado, I had virtually no swamp or southern old growth experiences. The boardwalk changed all that: loblolly pines, cypress trees including knees, tupelos. So interesting and an important part of the American experience. We brought our mucking boots and did some of the messy trails...great fun! If you plan ahead, you might be lucky enough to get tickets to the ranger led canoe trip. A highlight of our whole trip...chase the tickets the minute to system opens.
Fantastic Place! Would have loved to see an alligator, but I'm probably lucky we didn't.
Beautiful park. You really need good walking shoes because there is so much to see and explore. Took the grandkids and they enjoyed it so much they fell asleep on the way home. You can take a nice lunch and make a day of it. Also saw snakes so better not to wear flip flops .
I take my kids here all the time, we are local. Great park lots of trails. Kids love it year round. We have seen Gators, snakes , deer , owls , skinks and much much more. The trees are amazing and most of the trails are easy to get through. Highly recommend this location.
Very interesting place! Great hiking trails but bring your boots, your feet might get wet!
Connect with nature, peace, and beauty in this rare stand of old growth hardwood bottomland forest. Keep your eyes and ears open for an amazing experience on the trails of SCs only national park.
We stopped into congaree National Park in December and were very happy with our visit. The mosquito meter read “1” on that day and there were none in sight. Unfortunately, most of the trails were flooded, outside of the boardwalk, so were were limited on what we could. It was a very cool experience walking through the long tall trees though.
This is a beautiful place when you get a chance of must-see check it out it's worth the trip me and the family had a lot of fun check it out for a day or weekend
Great place to go for a bit of adventure and nature. 2.4 mile board walk loop is an excellent opportunity for some one wheel chair bound to effortlessly commune with nature. Looking forward to going on a canoe trip through the forest soon.
Great place to visit I am going back
Oldest & largest tress I have ever seen.
The Congaree National Park is a gem if you are in Columbia SC. It has an easy boardwalk trail that is wheelchair accessible and also trails up to 9 miles that takes you deep in the swamp. The visitors center is also rich with history and an extensive shop. The park is free to visit and has plenty of parking spaces. There is also campgrounds to spend the night and go kayaking on the river. Watch out for water moccasins and alligators, plenty of spiders and the good ol mosquitoes, they have a mosquito level meter.
Love this park! Its perfect for our dog who doesn't go for long walks. The boardwalk is perfect and definitely makes it less buggy. Will for sure be going back.
It has trails going through the whole park which is huge and it has a museum about the trees and park. It has a nice little picnic area to eat at. I would give it a high rate but the bug where bad that day and the trail was a little muddy but it does have a wood path so you don't get dirty.
Gorgeous! Beautiful old-growth forest with more "trophy trees" than almost anywhere else in the U.S., 2.3 miles of boardwalk, synchronous fireflies in May, and a long river that's gorgeous for kayaking (make sure you check water levels before going). Camp sites are rustic but beautiful (and the visitor's center is walkable if you need it). Visitor's Center is pretty standard - air conditioned, helpful employees, 20-minute movie about the park
I can’t say enough good things about this seemingly hidden national park in the south eastern part of the United States! I’d read about it for a few years and finally decided to just head out and explore it. It’s easy to find using whatever map software you use. Parking is convenient right outside the visitor center. You can ask any volunteer or a park ranger about trails to walk and explore. The boardwalk is the most convenient and one can easily access other trails from that. I walked part of the Weston Lake Loop, Trail from the Boardwalk. As the floodplains can easily get covered with quite a bit of water, I’d highly recommend wearing some type of hiking sandals or footwear that you don’t mind getting wet. The trees…they are amazing to take in! If you go in the mornings, you’ll often hear the birds singing away, keeping one company to take in the sights :-)
Great place to get away from the sounds of the city. Wildlife is plentiful and the park rangers were very helpful. I just can't wait to go back to do some fishing.....
Great time at Firefly Festival. We will return to hike some trails.
Hands down, one of my favorite places to visit! Any time of year is a fine time to go.
A definite must see place. The board walk trail is quiet unbelievable...another place that we will revisit
An underrated national park with good hikes in many different difficulties
This was our first visit th Congaree National park. We loved it.
This place is a hidden gem! Make sure to bring your bug spray, and lots of water. We saw everything from an alligator to a cardinal here. So much life!
This place is beautiful. It's not too far of a drive from Columbia but it definitely feels very remote. There are miles and miles of trail, and it is an awesome place to explore no matter what season it is. There is a campground that has a privy, but that feels very secluded, which is nice. The boardwalk makes it a good place to explore even when it's flooded.
We visited to see the synchronous fireflies. They were magical! I recommend that everyone visit at least once. Show up early because parking fills up fast. Don't even try to take picture...you won't capture anything. Just enjoy it.
A surprise visit, a relatively new National Park. The Swamp Woodland is beautiful and striking. All of the trails had sections with water deeper than our ankles, so we enjoyed the Boardwalk Loop, 2+ miles on occasionally slippery boards, sometimes just inches above the water, but above is better than below.
If mosquitoes and yellow flies don't bother you, go for it. I did and it was pretty cool, even dog friendly too.
If you love nature you have to visit here. Absolutely astonishing views and tons of wildlife.
Beautiful park and quite accessible! It's got a 2+ mile boardwalk through most of the types of landscape you'll see at the park. It can be a little uneven, so if you're in a wheelchair, it can get a little difficult. Also, if it's cold, like it was the day I was there, be careful of ice on the boardwalk. The scenery is beautiful, though. The baldcypress is everywhere and there are hundreds of cypress knees. There's lots of wildlife, especially birds. I heard woodpeckers all over the place and even managed to see one. There are good hiking trails too, with varying levels of back-country to hike through. The one thing I'll note-if Google is still listing the address as Bluff Trail, that's wrong. Go to 100 National Park Rd-the other address isn't actually accessible by the public.
We've been to 45 National Parks. Congaree is 46. In the middle of nowhere. Only one entrance and one road in. Takes you right to visitor center. Multiple hiking trails (ranging from 1/4 mile to 15 miles). We took the Weston Lake Loop trail (4.5 miles). Part boardwalk, part trail along the creek. Herons and woodpeckers (and theoretically otters) on the trail. Nice hike. However, most of the hikes are just slight variations on the same. So, this is really a one day NP. Definitely worth going.
Beautiful National Park! Visited for the Fireflies trail walk. Very pleasant staff and lovely facilities! Can't wait to spend an entire day here!
I hiked most of the National Parks trails which were not a huge amount I think they have 20 to 30 miles of hiking trails and most of the park isn't accessable. At the time that I went there were a huge amount of spider webs on the trails so I had to constantly be on the look out for them because otherwise you would get a full of it. As well as the some of the trails weren't marked. Hopefully they have fixed the trails because other then that I loved the park.
Such an incredible place. A serene and immersive retreat for the world weary.
Everytime I go I see something different and it's a great place to get out doors.
It's a nice walk. Well kept park
Excellent National Park. We had an enjoyable time walking the 2.4 mile elevated boardwalk trail. Beautiful old-growth bottomland trees and unique forest. Make sure you take time to see the short video at the visitor area.
Congaree is a great place of quiet to relax away from the hustle and bustle. Return to the days before our old growth forests were logged away. Kayaking through the swamps was an opportunity to see hige cyprus trees and observe wildlife.
It was a beautiful place with a bridge walk that goes in a 2.2 miles loop by the lake and through the Forrest with lovely sounds of birds chirping in the trees it made me feel like I was at a rain forest
Went to the firefly festival, great experience, highly recommended! Nice camp sites, great hiking trails, friendly staff
What a beautiful and different national park! We went in mid June and it was just over 30 degrees. There were barely any bugs but I would still bring bug spray. We did the Weston Lake trail. The bottom loop took us no more than 1 hour but attached to the boardwalk took us 2 hours. The trail itself was a bit muddy and had a few trees down on the trail. It is also narrow but a fairly flat trail. We will definitely be back when were in the area!
The Firefly's were amazing! Gotta see them when In season! The boardwalk trail was very nice!
What a gem of a park here in South Carolina. It is amazing that more people don't know about it, though it's probably better for environment that way. I never knew how much biodiversity existed here or even that it is one of the few remaining old-growth forests of this type. The Park Rangers and volunteer staff were excellent resources and very friendly. Bring VERY strong mosquito repellent.
Great walk on the boardwalk trail! Make sure to watch the video first. It is very informative
A way different type of nature than my home state of Washington, the boardwalk was beautiful
Congaree National Park is one of those parks that everyone forgets about but is so beautiful. Since it is not one of the most well known of the US National Parks it is nice and quiet and not extremely over crowded like a lot of them can be. It is also a free National Park which is not very common. When my husband and I visited the park we walked the entire length of the boardwalk maybe running into three familys at most. Nice quiet place to enjoy nature.
This national park was very nice! While it is a flat, board walk type hike there was still so much to see. Lots of wild life to see, especially if you look close enough! There was a lot to learn about the trees and the visitor's center had …
We made a family visit here in early July. humidity was super high but visiting early in the morning made the hike not bad at all. The staff is very friendly, the movie in The visitor center is really good. Definitely bring bug repellent and water. We would like to come back to see the lightning bugs.
An amazing national park that is not talked about. It is free. It is so unique because if miles of boardwalk. The whole park submerges under water during the winter time and it lush and lively during summer. The trails have mosquitoes but …
Special place to visit, particularly if you can synch up with a naturalists walk. Boardwalk makes the floodplain/swamp acessible to all.
Good place to hike in the shade. Beautiful trees.
Loved hikes. Dog friendly. Beautiful old growth trees. Great boardwalk. Do the 6 mile loop to see parts of 3-4 trails.
Small National Park but worth it. Really interesting forest with unusual trees. Great boardwalk hike with points of interest along the way. We went in the Fall and we were not bothered by bugs. I don't recall anywhere to buy something to eat but you can bring a picnic.
Quiet park. Lots of big trees. Nice video explaining the importance of the park.
If there werent so many spiders it would be a lot better
A beautiful stroll through one of the most beautiful forests in the southeast. My husband and I have camped here with our dogs and always love the primitive getaway and exercise.
Beautiful park, love being able to hear nature without any noise from civilization!
We enjoyed this park more than we expected. This is our 29th National Park and we were a little concerned about visiting a swamp in the summer. While it was hot and humid we found the park to be interesting and beautiful in its own way. Glad we visited and I would recommend it to others. Myself, my wife, and our two boys (9 y/o and 5 y/o).
Beautiful!! Most serene nature walk around!
Nice place to go for a day out. Make sure you have feet because the mosquitoes can be heavy and relentless. They do sell it there but you have to use it often. Staff was helpful and friendly can be a long walk if it is a humid day but watching the river flow is peaceful and relaxing. The mosquitoes, which they can't help were just bad and made it ruff which caused the star loss.
Very nice national park. My girlfriend and I come here frequently to take our dogs for a nice walk through the nature. The landscape is a dense marshland with tall trees. Part of(or all of) the walk is on a wooden boardwalk so that’s nice …
2.4 mile boardwalk hike was just right. Beautiful place to be out in nature
I would love to come back here and take other trails! We spent most of our time on the Boardwalk Trail, and crossed-over to the Sims Trail. Both beginning trails, good for people who want to take their time or those with small families. It is very picturesque and scenic. Some of the "destination points" are more like swamps than lakes, but you have to see the beauty for what it is. The park is large and has a nice visitor center. Well maintained. We will likely come again and take other trails and do some exploring.
Great park. Elevated walkways, allow you to view the swamp floor. Primitive looking landscape. Park store doesn't have lifetime senior passes. Too lazy to order them. Also missing some National Park patches. Again too lazy.
Loved the experience!! The folks there at the well CV time center are the best!!!
I love hiking and the outdoors. I'm currently going to school at FT Jackson and decided to go see a national park. This is the only nature park in the state, every other national parks is a battlefield. It doesnt have a lot of trail about 8 to 10 and most are under 4 miles long there are two which are around 6 to 8 miles long. Be careful on those longer hikes because they were well marked and I tended to get lost, so use gogle maps if you do because it shows where you are at and it shows wwre the trail is. The nature trail does have a handicap talk way around it. Two notes bring water and mosquito repellent. Also it tends to flood there about 7 times a year so the park might be closed. Enjoy
Loved the boardwalk hike. Follow the self guided tour pamphlet to learn a lot as you enjoy the views.
Great paddling and hiking plus a nice little hike-in campground. Just bring sturdy, waterproof shoes as it is a wetland.
Not the most exciting scenery for a national park, but it protects a section of a South Carolinian floodplain. All the off-boardwalk walking trails are well-marked, and you will most likely have the park to yourself when you visit. I visited in early August 2019 and saw about 10 other people my whole time in the park,
Went for the Firefly Festival but we arrived on Monday when the crowds thinner. The path was well lite with Redlights so it didnt impact fireflies. Many fireflies were already putting on a show around 9pm. The kids were tired so we had to leave but we were told it really gets good around 10
Great National Park. Staff very helpful. Recommend for a camp, or a few hours on the boardwalk for a great overview.