4.4 miles of interesting walking around Weston Lake and through old-growth forest. This trail not only circumnavigates Weston Lake and a large cypress-tupelo slough, it bumps into Cedar Creek a couple times, providing ample opportunities for viewing waterfowl, beavers, and river otters. Feral pigs, raccoons, and whitetail deer can also be seen along the trail.
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 Weston Lake Loop 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 Weston Lake Loop Trail is a 'true' loop, using both the high boardwalk and low boardwalk, but using the trail combinations can add-to your Congaree 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: 5 miles
Posted by SCgregg1 on February 20, 2010
Trail System Congaree National Park
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Reviews of Weston Lake Loop Trail, Congaree National Park
Reviewed by SCgregg1 on February 26, 2010
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Weston Lake Loop Trail gets really interesting once you have exited the low boardwalk and are walking along Cedar Creek. The 1.2 mile segment, along the creek, has some of the best feral pig habitat I have seen in Congaree Park. Sings of the animals are everywhere and a sighting is very likely just about any time of the day. Birding is also excellent here.
The trail, in it's entirety, is easy. The only challenge may be the slipperiness of the trail during wet conditions.
I took my time on this 4.4 mile hike, spending about five hours on the trail. I loved every minute of it.
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