Congaree Swamp National Park

Congaree Swamp National Park
200 Caroline Sims Road
Hopkins, SC 29061
(803) 776-4396
(803) 783-4241 FAX

General Information:
The park is open daily, dawn till dusk. Ranger Station is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; daily, except Christmas Day. Information desk, exhibits and bookstore located at ranger station. The park has over 25 miles of hiking trails. A two mile boardwalk trail, accessible to persons in wheelchairs, is available.

There are also regularly scheduled ranger-led guided walks, school tours, owl-prowls and canoe trips. Reservations for any guided program should be made two weeks in advance. During spring and fall seasons, reservations should be made six weeks in advance. Camping permits are required. South Carolina fishing licenses are required.

Among the special events and programs are: owl-prowls Friday evenings in spring and fall seasons; Harry Hampton Memorial Walk in November; special spring walks and wild flower walks; American Rivers month programs; National Park Service Week events and River Sweep activities.

Getting to the Park:
From I-20, take I-26 towards Charleston, go left on exit 116, cross the Congaree River, take your first right onto S.C. Highway 48, (Bluff Road) and follow the signs.

Groceries and fast-food store five miles away in Gadsden. There is a drink machine at ranger station. Primitive camping is available with free permit, which can be obtained from the ranger station.

Boardwalks, ranger station and public rest rooms are wheelchair accessible.

Towns and Attractions Nearby

In Columbia, Riverbanks Zoo and South Carolina State Museum are popular sites.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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