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Congaree National Park

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Address: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-8320
Phone Number: +1 803-776-4396
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One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to...

One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.

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Awesome and it's FREE!!

This park is not far from Columbia, SC and seems very popular. There was a huge parking area but it was almost full! . Bring bug spray as the Mosquito's are relentless and bottled... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Reginald S
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California, United States
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California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This park is not far from Columbia, SC and seems very popular. There was a huge parking area but it was almost full! . Bring bug spray as the Mosquito's are relentless and bottled water. There is a small visitors center with restrooms. From the VC is a boardwalk extending over 2 miles long. They have a brochure with numbered... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a lovely park which offers a boardwalk through the swamps. Not highly recommended during the hot summer months as mosquitos are quite a nuisance. Make sure you bring water with you anytime you visit.

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Franklin, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Off the beaten path, but well worth the stop. Make sure you view the video at the visitors park. It is very well done. If possible, join a Ranger led tour. Ranger Jon was so knowledgeable and a great facilitator. We learned so much. This park has a very interesting history. The park is a designated wilderness area and if... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small park (at least trail access wise) but in just a few miles you can see a lot. Take the self-guided boardwalk tour!! It's 2.4 flat miles and as you walk you read a piece of paper pointing out landmarks along the way -- very well done.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a pleasant walk here, but beware, mosquitoes are a real problem. If you keep moving, not so bad, but even with repellant when you stop they will get you. Long sleeves definitely recommended. Also a lot of the boardwalk closed due to hurricane, but that is being fixed as quickly as time allows. Excellent visitors centre.

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

It's a little off the beaten path, but it's worth a visit. Very easy hiking/walking trails (little elevation change), though mosquitos can be horrific - bring spray. Weston Lake is a nice point to stop and enjoy the scenery. Boardwalk is a very easy stroll. Love the fact that pets are welcome - often not the case in other N.P.... More 

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Waukesha
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We visited here October, 2016 after a few days in Great Smoky National Park. They had a ton of trees blown down due to the recent hurricane. They were cleaning up and repairing the boardwalk even as we were there. Many of the trails were closed. We hiked the Sims trail and were able to connect to the Oakridge Trail.... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A little out of the way, Great scenic nature walks, of varying distances, and a good dog walking path. The boardwalk, when fully repaired from downed trees is a easier walk for shorter visits. Good handouts, like scavenger hunts, for kids. The exhibits inside the visitor center are small but nice, especially if you love trees.

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Las Salinas, Nicaragua
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I'm a SC native,but I've lived the last five years as an expat. Upon returning home, I was dying to visit this area to photograph it. Upon my arrival I found it clean and safe with a small welcome center with a gift shop. I'm not sure if it's my age or I just picked the wrong the day to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

I went to Congaree on a solo hike this past week. It was a wonderful experience, with a few caveats. The boardwalk section of the trail (over 2 miles) is great. However, I did the full river trail (10 miles in total). This was a mistake. Lots of the backwood trails are overgrown and covered with spider webs, tick-infested weeds,... More 

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