Congaree National Park
17 mi 28 km of trail — 1 Featured Hike
Visitors to Congaree National Park will be astonished by the biodiversity that exists in the park. Home to the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States, the park's rich forests provide scenery and solitude for exploration. The Congaree and Wateree Rivers wind through the park, providing the sediment and nutrients that nourish and rejuvenate this vibrant ecosystem. With over 25 miles of trails and 2.4 miles of boardwalks, there are many ways to explore the park.
To learn more about Congaree National Park, visit www.nps.gov.
The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and is closed on all federal holidays. Trail maps and brochures, as well as restroom facilities and water, are available in the visitor center breezeway 24 hours a day.
Fees & Passes:
Entrance to Congaree National Park is free. The park does not charge for admission, camping, or any ranger-led programs.
Camping & Lodging
Congaree National Park offers two campgrounds for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Camping is tent only, and RV/car camping is not permitted in the park. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777. For more information about camping in the park, click here.
- Longleaf Campground: $10 per night for a regular tent site, 10 sites. $20 per night for a group site, 4 sites.
- Bluff Campground: $5 per night for a regular tent site, 6 sites.
Backcountry camping in the park is free, and a permit must be obtained at the Longleaf Campground prior to camping.
There are no lodges, hotels, or cabins located within the park. The nearest overnight accommodations are located in the city of Columbia, which is approximately 20 minutes from the park.
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Featured Hikes in Congaree National Park - 1
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3.9 mi 6.2 km#1 Oakridge Trail
|3.9 mi 6.2 km||Gadsden, SC|
3.3 mi 5.3 km#2 Kingsnake Trail
|3.3 mi 5.3 km||Gadsden, SC||1|
4.9 mi 8.0 km#3 River Trail
|4.9 mi 8.0 km||Gadsden, SC||3|
2.5 mi 4.1 km#4 Weston Lake Loop
|2.5 mi 4.1 km||Gadsden, SC||6|
1.0 mi 1.6 km#5 Bluff Trail
|1.0 mi 1.6 km||Gadsden, SC|
1.4 mi 2.2 km#6 Sims Trail
|1.4 mi 2.2 km||Gadsden, SC|
0.3 mi 0.5 km#7 Bluff Trail - After Hours Parking Access
|0.3 mi 0.5 km||Gadsden, SC|
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