Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Congaree National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

hiking
15 days 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
17 days ago

nice easy trail with plenty of great scenery

26 days 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
1 month 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.

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

Quick, easy trail. Peaceful!

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

We loved this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

The trail was gorgeous, with lots of cover so that even on a hot day it didn't feel so bad. There are lots of downed trees to climb over, including one section that became nearly impossible to pass due to the number and location of the fallen trees, but ultimately the hike was worth it and it made a nice change of pace.

hiking
8 months ago

Simple boardwalk loop. Congaree is nice for a swampy area, (not my favorite scenery) but it had its unique beauties. As of 8/27, there are lots of banana spiders and other little spiders.

8 months ago

It's a nice walk but hardly a hike. Great for little kids, very nice boardwalk.

Nice, bring bug spray! Very easy trail but lots of downed trees in trail path.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bring bug spray!!!

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Great easy trail. Perfect for families and dogs. Not too strenuous but beautiful scenery.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Really beautiful

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

With the river flooded this trail was one of the only options. It offered an easy stroll along the boardwalk. Ideal for birdwatching and observing the swamp ecosystem. Not very challenging but peaceful all the same.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hiked trail mid July, 2016 prompted by the inclusion of the Kingsnake trail in Backpacker: National Parks Coast to Coast 100 Best Hikes book by Ted Alvarez. It is listed at 11.7 miles by nps which may include the connectors (e.g. Boardwalk loop trail, etc.) if starting at the visitor center. It is an out and back with a pit toilet at the turnaround.

The trail itself not well trafficked or maintained; not well marked. The large spider webs, some with multiple large spiders in them, crossed the trail, which required us to wave a pole in front of us nearly the entire way out to avoid being covered in webs. Happy it was an out and back so didn't have to do that on the way back (except when trail finding).

Scenery was gorgeous for the most part. Numerous birds, feral hogs, several snakes (1 rattlesnake). No problem with mosquitoes that day.

Overall, I would not do this hike again--at least in July because of the hundreds of spiders with webs blocking the trail. This trail could use some TLC.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Really cool boardwalk component. A flat, green, bird haven.

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

Good but the trails need work

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

We took our daughters (5 and 8) along for this hike. My husband measured it at 4.4 miles exactly (as the NP itself states). This was a nice hike along a well-worn, well-marked trail. We went the last weekend in February and saw hundreds of birds along the trail... especially in portions which bordered Cedar Creek. Robins, cardinals, and more! This was a great hike! The length is just perfect for medium-sized kiddos who want to explore the great outdoors. Take sunscreen, bug spray, and plenty of water! Snacks are a must too!

hiking
Sunday, February 05, 2017

According to Congaree National Park the Oakridge trail is a 6.6 mile loop. After reading various All Trails reviews I thought this might be off, and it sure was! We found the trail to be approximately 7.33 miles. In all, the condition of the trail wasn't bad.... although there are still many downed trees directly on the trail from 2016's Hurricane Matthew. Individual trees are easy to get past, but in some areas there are multiple trees down and you have no choice but to detour around them. The trail is relatively well marked, in some areas almost too much so (blazes less than 6 feet apart) when you consider that some of those signs could be better placed... especially in areas where there are many downed trees. Overall it was an enjoyable hike. We started around 11am and were finished by 1:45. Enjoyed the quiet and walking through the different areas (some more swampy, others more wooded). We saw some birds, but no other wildlife. Did see sign of wild hogs. I would not attempt this trail during the summer, I can imagine the mosquitos are pretty bad as there are many areas where standing, stagnant water would be an issue.

hiking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Trail seemed to have seen better days and hasn't been very maintained in a long while since the hurricane. Very large fallen trees make it difficult to navigate. Found myself paused and searching for trail markers to get back on the trail. Almost impossible to get to Oakridge from Kingsnake unless you know the trail really well. Difficult for my dog with lots of thorn branches covering the trail.

Other than all the cons, still a beautiful trail and very out of the way of disturbances. Little to no elevation changes and lots of different angles views of the swamp.

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