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A short, slightly off trail hike to the largest tree in Congaree National Park.


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Map Key

0.6

Miles

1.0

KM

Point to Point

147' 45 m

High

94' 29 m

Low

81' 25 m

Up

43' 13 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · River/Creek

Need to Know

Semi-off trail, make sure to follow the same path back out. It is a short trail but very far from any help.

Description

Directions to the tree as given by the Harry Hampton Visitor Center:
- Start at the Bates Ferry parking lot
- Continue approximately 800 yards
- You'll see an unmaintained road on the left (there is a trail marker with a “7” on the right side of Bates Ferry Trail)
- Keep hiking straight until you get to the next marker a few feet ahead (it has an arrow pointing up) Take a right into this unmaintained road
- You'll cross an old metal bridge across a creek
- Soon the unmaintained footpath merges with an unmaintained road from the right, follow this road
- About a minute or two ahead, you'll see a low area on the right of the footpath (signaled by two very large broken off stumps about 12 for high)
- General Greene (bald cypress) is in that low area surrounded by very large cypress knees (up to 7 ft. high).

Flora & Fauna

General Greene (Bald Cypress), Swamp Tupelo, Shumard Oak, Pileated Woodpeckers

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Shared By:

Michael Griffin

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General Greene - the largest tree in Congaree National Park
Apr 11, 2018 near Gadsden, SC

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Mar 21, 2022
Shane Miller
Dec 30, 2021
Tom Herr
Short walk in the rain to a big cypress tree. Walked along the Bates Ferry Trail most of the way. Dense forest along the way. 1.2mi
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