Congaree National Park


Situated along the meandering Congaree River in central South Carolina, Congaree National Park is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life. This 22,200-acre park protects the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States. Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, the park's floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world and some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States. Congaree National Park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a place for you to walk and relax in a tranquil wilderness setting.


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Congaree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm every day except December 25th.



Take exit #5 off I-77. Follow signs to the park entrance, (approximately 15 miles). Approximately 20 miles from Columbia by taxi.


Columbia Airport is 30 miles away.

Public Transport: 

No public route available.