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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.

hiking
10 days ago

I had the most miserable hike that I've ever had on this trail (or half a hike, since I turned around halfway out). I didn't know that there were that many mosquitoes in the entire world! The mosquitoes on this trail are not only numerous, but highly intelligent. They quickly figured out that it isn't possible to spray mosquito repellent around your eyes, so I now have a ring of mosquito bites around my eyes. My upper back is also covered with mosquito bites even though I was wearing a shirt. If you want to hike this trail, do it in January.

The boardwalk was great. Enjoyed the walk around and it was ideal for the kids (5, 2) to walk around. Other than a few spots most of the ground was dry with minimal standing water.

1 month ago

one of my favorite places in the park to hike. I love to go down to the SandBar and just hang out for the day.

walking
2 months ago

it was a very easy walk around with a bit of flooding when we went. Plenty of fish, birds, and reptiles to see! Enjoyable with some beautiful swampland to see.

walking
2 months ago

Nice walk through an impressive cypress grove. No shortage of birds and turtles. The boardwalk itself is in sorta rough shape.

hiking
2 months ago

Terrific loop trail that offers up all the best that congaree has to offer. The path is well marked and easy to follow as it is well worn in. As others have said there are several large downed trees but there are easy to follow side paths around all of them. If it's been raining and the water level is up; expect a few large puddles in the trail. But these can be negotiated easily enough. I enjoy hiking this trail for the peaceful serenity it provides.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a small loop on the north end of the park. Trail is not the easiest to see but definitely the go-to trail for those looking for something easy.

walking
3 months ago

Love this trail for a quick walk in the wilderness. This is a must see for people visiting the area. Mosquitos were not too bad big bug spray is a must. Saw a few turtles, snakes, and deer on todays trip.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail has been on my list for a long time. Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. Full disclosure I should know better than to expect a relaxing hike in a swamp in July. The mosquitos actually weren’t too bad unless you stopped walking then it was all out warfare. The trail itself was very hard to follow in a few areas due to detours from downed trees. Saw some wildlife during this trip snakes, hogs, lots of spiders.

Great trail that begins on a boardwalk, transitions to trail then back to boardwalk. A small overlook of the lake is included as well and is a nice treat. The trail is well kept but still nature focused. The sights on the trail vary so you are seeing new things. The bugs are horrible of course, we wore 25% deet bug spray and didn't get bit at all. The trail was muddy even though it hadn't rained for a week, though that wasn't so much a bother. My wife and I enjoyed the trail greatly and would highly recommend it!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice boardwalk trail. The loop to Weston Lake was partially flooded and had some downed trees from wind damage. The old growth trees are awesome.

walking
4 months ago

nice flat walking trail in a beautiful forest. great for small kids.

4 months ago

I was not as big of a fan of this one.. its too flat I like poinsett state park

Mostly flooded when I went. Boardwalk and camping area were clear. Beautifully maintained.

hiking
5 months ago

Was a nice walk with a lot of downed trees to play on. even got to see a snake on one of the smaller bridges.

walking
5 months ago

nice easy trail with plenty of great scenery

5 months ago

easy trail, great for kids

Nice trail.part of the loop is flooded out. Very unique scenery.

Fantastic trail. Always take the in laws here with the kids. It’s a great loop.

Glad to have gotten here before the bug season so to speak. Definitely be prepared for obvious swamp like conditions after rain.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Excellent if you like to relax in a hammock you can find a really nice spot along the Cedar Creek bank.

Easy trail, good walk. Go early in the year to beat the bugs. It is a swamp, so be prepared for mud if it has rained recently.

7 months ago

This is a great trail that winds through some unfamiliar swampland. Extensive storm damage with fallen trees causes quite a few diversions from the "normal" route, but trail markers are frequent and updated making it difficult to get lost. It gets a little buggy near the river, so wear bug spray, but the views are beautiful. Dog friendly, and easy to run so long as you don't mind hopping a few downed trees.

hiking
9 months ago

really nice trail- very flat. closer to 7 miles even. would recommend all the trails in this park. the camping area is about .25 miles from the visitor center, and the access trail to the trailhead is another .25 or so from there.

hiking
9 months ago

Quick, easy trail. Peaceful!

hiking
9 months ago

Pretty cool for birding. Would like to come back in the summer to see if we could find Otters in the back.

Easy hike. Went during the winter and only saw a few others. Great scenery!

9 months ago

Great trail for an easy family hike. Marked all the way along so you can’t get lost. Fun day!

11 months ago

We loved this trail.

hiking
Monday, October 02, 2017

I hiked this with another girl (both above average fitness, average hiking experience). Despite very little elevation change, the trail goes through varied terrains that make for a beautiful hike. It was not overwhelmingly buggy, but we were glad to have bug spray. There's a marked trail down to the sandbar that made for a great lunch spot. Although the trail measures 10 miles, both of our trackers measured 13 miles--which could be due to the number of trail diversions required to get around fallen trees or pick back up on the trial when the markers weren't clear. With a few exceptions, it was well marked. It took about 6 hours (including our break on the beach), which was longer than the 4 hours we predicted. Overall, it's a great day hike and worth the time.

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