- Congaree Swamp contains the last significant tract of southern bottomland hardwood forest in the U.S. It is home to a rich diversity of plant and animal species associated with an alluvial floodplain. Several national and state record trees are located within the park.
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Congaree Swamp National Monument
There are over 25 miles of hiking trails. A two mile boardwalk trail, accessible to persons in wheelchairs. Traveling by canoe is a great way to enjoy this primeval wilderness while floating past some of the tallest trees in eastern North America. Canoeing is also a great way to
encounter the diverse wildlife of the swamp. Deer, river otters, turtles, snakes, raccoons, and wild pigs are a few of the animals that may be seen. An information desk, exhibits and a bookstore are located at the ranger station.
Recreation - Congaree Swamp offers hiking on trails and boardwalks, canoeing and kayaking, picnicking, camping and fishing. The swamp offers regularly scheduled ranger-led guided walks, school tours, and owl-prowls.
Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate. Summers are generally hot and humid. Winters are generally mild with variable precipitation. The park is prone to periodic flooding. Layers of clothing, long pants and good walking shoes are recommended.
Congaree Swamp is located in central South Carolina, near Columbia. From I-20 in Columbia, take I-26 towards Charleston, go left on exit 116, cross the Congaree River, take your first right onto S.C. Highway 48, (Bluff Road) and follow the signs.