Congaree National Park, SC

This is a small park that used to be known as Congaree Swamp National Monument until 2003. The park did not get too many visitors when it was a national monument, so it was decided to drop the word “swamp” from the name and make it a park. Attendance improved. :)

Congaree NP Visitor Center

Congaree NP Visitor Center

Our cute little rental car

Our cute little rental car

There are only a few trails and the landscape is dominated by overflowing water from the nearby Congaree River, so it’s perfect for kayaking (NPS offers limited tours). It’s beautiful and pleasant weather in spring. They say the most beautiful time to visit is during fall. Half a day is more than enough for this park.

Weston Lake Loop trail

Weston Lake Loop trail

Weston Lake Loop trail

Weston Lake Loop trail

Weston Lake Loop trail

Weston Lake Loop trail

Kayaking seems like a fun way to explore the park

Kayaking seems like a fun way to explore the park

Bald cypress tree "knees" rising up from the roots

Bald cypress tree “knees” rising up from the roots

Congaree river

Congaree river

Boardwalk hike

Boardwalk hike

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