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hiking
1 month 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.

5 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
10 months ago

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.

backpacking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

I hiked this trail recently with two friends. Back packed to the river sand bar and set up camp and hiked back in the morning. Trail is well marked. There are many obstacles such as big trees in the pathway and mud holes.

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

Nice walk. Definitely stop at sandbar for a rest!

hiking
Sunday, December 20, 2015

Best to go in the winter when you don't have to deal with the heat, humidity and bugs. But make sure you check the water levels in advance because that is when most of the flooding occurs.

hiking
Monday, August 03, 2015

Very nice trail. Interesting scenery. We lost the trail when it hit the river but kept going along the river about 40 feet out and picked it back up before it turn back into the woods. The weather has been dry around Columbia this summer so the mosquitoes were not bad at all.

There isn't a map of this trail and the trail head is not located correctly - I uploaded my track, check it out!

hiking
Friday, June 05, 2015

My favorite trail in the park. The northern part of the loop was filled with raccoons searching for grub in the flooded parts of the forest (a particularly mystical stretch) and there were several families of feral pigs with little piglets in tow. There were also owls, squirrels, herons and what might have been a beaver. The whole forest was simply wild, with slightly overgrown patches. And to top it off, I never ran into a single person for the entirety of the trail. Highly recommend it.

hiking
Saturday, October 04, 2014

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river. The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Excellent back country stroll through the Congaree Swamp and along the Congaree River. After about a 5.5 mile hike from the visitors center, you can enjoy a relaxing break on a expansive sand bar at the river.

The trail was devastated by flooding last year, but park rangers, contractors and volunteers have cleared and remarked the trail.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the trail; wild hogs have churned up swaths of soil along the trail. Snakes are to be expected and a ranger relayed to me sitings of alligator along the banks of the river.

camping
Friday, May 31, 2013

Much tougher than the Weston Lake Trail as there is no board walk. Much wildlife to see on this trail be careful of the snakes...

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Sunday, August 02, 2015