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#43 of 59 national parks in United States

Best trails in Congaree National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Congaree National Park, South Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Congaree National Park ranging from 2.1 to 9.9 miles and from 95 to 121 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

On the Congaree River, this park is the largest portion of old-growth floodplain forest left in North America. Some of the trees are the tallest in the Eastern US, and the Boardwalk Loop is an elevated walkway through the swamp. Canoeing and fishing are also popular in this park. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open 7 days a week, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and is closed on federal holidays. Entrance to Congaree National Park is free. The park does not charge for admission, camping or any ranger led programs.

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Map of trails in Congaree National Park
Park information
Acreage:
26,276 acres
Contact
803-776-4396
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Top trails (9)
#1 - Boardwalk Loop Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
Starting in December 2019, the section of Boardwalk between the Visitor Center and the first junction will be closed in order to be rebuilt. Through most of 2020, access to the Boardwalk will be via aShow more
#2 - Weston Lake Loop Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Starting in December 2019, the section of Boardwalk between the Visitor Center and the first junction will be closed in order to be rebuilt. Through most of 2020, access to the Boardwalk will be via aShow more
#3 - Oakridge Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
Starting in December 2019, the section of Boardwalk between the Visitor Center and the first junction will be closed in order to be rebuilt. Through most of 2020, access to the Boardwalk will be via aShow more
#4 - River Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 1 m
The trail leads to the Congaree River, the lifeblood of the national park's great natural diversity. Wildlife is abundant. Approximately ten times a year (mostly in winter), floodwaters from the rivShow more
#5 - Kingsnake Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
The Kingsnake Trail explores a remote part of Congaree National Park. The Kingsnake Trail explores a remote part of Congaree National Park. The trail offers excellent birdwatching, and hikers may spoShow more
#6 - Sims Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
Sims Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hopkins, South Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily useShow more
#7 - Bluff Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
Starting in December 2019, the section of Bluff Trail between the Boardwalk and the junction with Longleaf Trail will be closed for construction on the boardwalk. Visitors will still be able to hike tShow more
#8 - Bates Ferry Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
A flat, easy trail with historic background within the bounds of Congaree National Park leading to scenic views of the Congaree river. Great opportunities for birding.Show more
#9 - Congaree River Blue Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 46.8 mi
This is a long distance kayaking route, not a hiking trail.Show more