Congaree National Park is a beautiful park that protects the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Located in South Carolina the park is absolutely beautiful and well worth visiting.
We visited in April and the park was partially flooded so we were only able to explore a portion of the boardwalks. You definitely want to make sure to check the weather before visiting Congaree NP. The boardwalks are the perfect way to explore this park.
Congaree National Park Travel Tips
-The only bathroom is by the visitor center. Make sure you use it before heading out on the boardwalk.
-Bring a reusable water bottle with you, the park store does not sell water.
-Check the weather before heading to the park. The boardwalk can flood easily if there is a lot of rain. We were unable to visit a large portion of the boardwalk due to flooding during our visit in April.
-Bring bug spray with you!!!! Check out my post on how to prevent mosquito bites
-Dress in layers, it can be cool in the morning and then it warms up quickly and gets humid.
-Go early in the morning for the great light for photographs and cooler weather.
How big is Congaree National Park?
Congaree National Park encompasses nearly 27,000 acres, including the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.
How much does it cost to visit Congaree National Park?
There is no entrance fee to visit Congaree National Park.
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How do I get to Congaree National Park?
We hope these directions to Congaree National Park help you plan your visit
From Charleston – Take Interstate 26, Exit 145B. Take U.S. Highway 601 North to SC 48 (Bluff Road). Follow SC 48 (Bluff Road) West. Turn left on South Cedar Creek Road then right on Old Bluff Road to the park entrance.
Charleston SC to Congaree National Park is 103 miles, about 1 hour and 55 minutes
From Charlotte – Take Interstate 77 South towards Columbia for approximately 95 miles to Exit 5, Bluff Road. Follow directions below from Interstate 77, Exit 5. (Approximate travel time: 2 hours)
From Interstate 77, Exit 5
At Exit 5 turn onto SC Hwy 48 East/Bluff Road. Drive approximately 8 miles and then take a slight right onto Old Bluff Road. Follow Old Bluff Road for 4.5 miles to the park entrance sign, which will be on the right. Proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right.
Congaree National Park Address
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061
Where is the Congaree National Park Visitor Center?
There is only one visitor center at Congaree National Park. It is located in the main portion of the park and has the best parking area for the boardwalks
Where can I find out about staying/camping in Congaree National Park?
Camping at Congaree is tent only. RV and/or car camping is not permitted within the park.
All visitors planning to camp at Longleaf or Bluff Campgrounds are required to make reservations via Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
Longleaf Campground: $10 per night for a regular tent site; $20 per night for a group site
Bluff Campground: $5 per night for a regular tent site (Senior and Access Pass holders receive a 50% discount on the above fees)
Backcountry Camping: FREE
Is there a Junior Ranger Program at Congaree National Park?
Yes! The junior ranger program includes information that can be found in the visitor center and by walking the boardwalks. You will want to give yourself an hour or two depending on the age of the participant.
Can I bring my Dog/Pet with me to Congaree National Park?
Yes! Congaree National Park is a very dog-friendly park. Just make sure that your dogs are on a leash and you have water available for them.
National Parks near Congaree National Park
Ninety-Six National Historic Site – 93 miles
Ocmulgee National Monument – 215 miles
Andersonville National Historic Site – 280 miles
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – 306 miles
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