Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park is one of the newest US National Parks, established in South Carolina in 2003. It protects one of the largest tracts old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. The park also contains one of the largest concentrations of champion trees (big, old, native trees) in the country. I visited the park in late September on my way home from a road trip to Canada and New York. The main feature in the park is a self-guided boardwalk tour that takes you through the park and allows you to learn about the environment and it’s history all without getting muddy. You can also canoe and kayak and there is decent amount of backcountry to explore. Camping is very inexpensive at $10 for the Longleaf campground or $5 for the Bluff campground that you have to hike to a little bit. The campgrounds are nice having been built fairly recently. Also being one of the least visited national parks you will have the park mostly to yourself if you go in the off season. I think Congaree is a great place to take the family and relax in a unique part of nature. Also don’t forget to bring bugspray, where some places have a fire danger meter, Congaree has a mosquito density meter. Thanks for reading! – Josh

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