Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve

EASY 3 reviews

Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saint Matthews, South Carolina that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and fishing.

3.3 miles
367 feet

kid friendly






wild flowers



Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve encompasses approximately 200 acres along the Congaree River opposite of Congaree National Park. Ranging in elevation from around 90 feet in elevation along the river, to over 250 feet in the higher sections. Along the trail you will begin in a longleaf pine forest undergoing restoration. Managed by fire, this portion is scrubby and contains sandy soils. In the middle portions of the trail, your hike will take you into a steephead ravine, dominated by deciduous plants, ferns, and moss. After ascending out of the ravine, be sure to check out the wooden deck overlook, as it contains some wonderful views of Congaree National Park and swamps below. A portion of this marked route descends into the floodplain along the Congaree. This area is a little less maintained, and contains significant amounts of poison ivy, but the views of the river and the swamp make it worth it. The descent to the river is over 100 feet in elevation, so be prepared for a nice hike back up.

2 months ago

Don’t go right now. The mosquitos are ravenous. The part of the trail near the parking area was overgrown and difficult to see.Lots of ants so don’t stand in one spot too long. My hike turned into a jog to keep the mosquitoes off. Several trees down blocking the trail near the river.

3 months ago

Nice trail with varied terrain, takes you through multiple environments, from pine forests, to hardwoods, and then to swamps. The view from the overlook is awesome and the highlight of the trip.