Oakridge Trail, Congaree National Park

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6.6 miles of interesting walking through old-growth forest and over many streams. Visit http://www.nps.gov/cosw/index.htm for details. Call the park directly for current trail conditions before you visit. Every once in a while, the Congaree River floods it's banks, making a hike on most of the Oakridge Trail impossible. (803) 776-4396 ext. 0

Pick up a free park trail guide at the visitor center before you start walking. There are many combinations of trails that can be enjoyed. The Oakridge Trail is a 'true' loop trail, but using those combinations can give you a more diversified outing.

Be sure to ask the rangers about the Friends of Congaree Swamp. This is a non-profit organization that helps protect and promote Congaree National Park and it's unique environment. More info here: http://www.friendsofcongaree.org
Trail length: 7 miles
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  • Posted by SCgregg1 on February 21, 2010


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    Reviewed by SCgregg1 on March 6, 2010

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    The Oakridge Trail is 6.6 miles, but it felt longer than that. Perhaps that was because I took my time on the hike, stopping often to observe big trees.
    Once off the low boardwalk, and continuing to the far side of Cedar Creek, the trail enters a vast bottomland oak flat. This sector of Congaree is considerably dryer than the Weston Lake area to the north, and the Congaree riverbank to the south. A little bit easier walking on slightly higher ground.
    I recommend this hike if you want to see big trees. There are many right on the trail.
    Passing over bridge G, you will find yourself in one of the most primeval areas of Congaree. This is an awesome area and would be a great place to camp on an overnight hike, in fact, one of the reason I did this hike today was to scout such a camp spot. Yeah, I found it! Can't wait to get in there with my little tent, and my camera of course.
    After the trek through the bottomland oak flats, you will head towards Weston Lake. From there you can take the elevated boardwalk back to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.
    Great hike, and another great day at Congaree National Park.
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