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#44 of 60 national parks in United States of America

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, views 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
This park is known to flood, so trails may be closed seasonally. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/trail-information.htm Raised nearly 6 feet above the forest floor, the elevated boardwalk winds through a diverse old-growth forest. Use the self-guided brochure and listen for woodpeckers hammering away in the tall trees above. The boardwalk passes by Weston Lake, an old channel of the Congaree River. Show more
#2 - Weston Lake Loop Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
This park is known to flood, so trails may be closed seasonally. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/trail-information.htmShow more
#3 - Oakridge Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 33 m
This park is known to flood, so trails may be closed seasonally. Please check the park's website for more information: https://www.nps.gov/cong/planyourvisit/trail-information.htmShow 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 river cover nearly 80% of the park. When the river is low, a large sandbar may be visible.Show 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 spot deer, raccoons, opossums, and even bobcat tracks. Midway, the trail passes a large cypress-tupelo slough that seems to go on forever. On the other side of the trail, giant cherrybark oaks stand at near-record size. The trail is not a loop although it can be hiked out and back. The trail ends on oakridge trail which is still a two mile hike back to the visitor center.Show more
#6 - Sims Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 58 m
#7 - Bluff Trail
Congaree National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
Note: As of August 2020, the section of the Bluff Trail between the boardwalk and the junction with Longleaf Trail is closed for construction. Visitors are still able to hike to and from the Visitor Center, Longleaf Campground, and Bluff Campground via the open sections.Show 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. Note: you may encounter rattle snakes and wild board in this area. Show more