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Congaree Swamp National Monument
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Congaree Swamp National Monument
Description - 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.

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.

Location - 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.

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Filed By: Mike C
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am a college student and headed out to the forrest to "get away" from the hustle and bustle of the city. Definately would reccommend it to anyone who wants to be in the solitude of wilderness. Awesome.

Filed By: Joseph Hindman (New Martinsville, WV)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We rode through Congaree Swamp at a level of 2.4 as per info provided at the park. A little more water would have made the trip very easy. Not much by way of portage (one time around a freshly fallen tree on our first night and other than that I think I was only out of the boat once to rock it over a log) Our party of three handled it pretty well. Just don't let yourself get caught on the river after dark. The fog is spooky enough during the day.

Filed By: Kimberly (Columbia, sc)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a very nice trip if seclusion is what you want. I saw more wild boars than I did people. All of the hiking is on flat ground (so if it is mountian you are after, head to the upstate).

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Additional Information:
Midlands Region - The Midlands Region of South Carolina includes the middle portion of the state, between the Upcountry to the northwest and the Low country to the southeast. It surrounds the city of Columbia.
South Carolina National Forests & Parks - The South Carolina Forests and Parks includes areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. These areas are scattered throughout the state.

Congaree Swamp National Monument - Official agency website


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