10 miles of interesting walking that will give you the only access to the Congaree River within the Congaree National Park. Experience the rich biodiversity of hardwood bottomland and witness the long term results of heavy timber cutting that occurred before the park was established and protected.
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 River 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 River Trail is both an out-and-back and loop, 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: 10 miles
Posted by SCgregg1 on February 18, 2010
Trail System Congaree National Park
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Reviewed by SCgregg1 on March 9, 2010
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This is a long hike that I spent a whole day on. I was eager to get into the deeper parts of Congaree so I hiked quickly down the low boardwalk and then to the junction of the Oakridge Trail and the River Trail. From there, I slowed down and spent several hours on the 5-mile loop that runs up against the Congaree River.
Early March is a good time to do this loop because you can see the Congaree River better than you could during full green times. There is much more under-story growth here due to heavy logging in the past. You'll also be a few steps ahead of the mosquitoes.
After the River Trail loop, and back at the junction of Oakridge and River trails, I continued back to Cedar Creek and followed the Weston Lake Loop Trail back to Weston Lake. From there I walked the low boardwalk to the Sims Trail and headed back to the visitors center that way. Total distance was 11.5 miles. This hike was a demonstration of using trail combinations that I'm always telling people about. This was a good one!
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