"A Winter Visit to Congaree Swamp" Congaree Swamp National Monument by 807Wheaton
Congaree Swamp National Monument Travel Guide: 37 reviews and 84 photos
Congaree Swamp is near Columbia, South Carolina. It has become a National Monument.
The park protects the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the United States.
This is a great place to walk and relax among the towering trees.
On Foot The boardwalk loop provides wheelchair access to Weston Lake and foot access to other trails that wind through the floodplain forest. Colored markers make the trails easy to follow. Guided nature walks are offered. However, we were fortunate enough to have VT member no1birdlady take us through Congaree. She has a high powered scope so we were able to get some good sightings on the birds that day.
Call ahead to arrange group tours.
By Canoe A marked canoe trail invites you to explore Cedar Creek. Bring your own canoe and flotation devices. Canoes may be rented in the Columbia S.C. area. Ask the park staff for information about current water levels and conditons.
The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm year-round except December 25th . Here you will find information, particularly good exhibits, and a schedule of activities.
Despite the word "swamp" in its name, the park is more accurately described as a floodplain forest. This floodplain is a wetland system of the Congaree River. Vitality of this forest ecosystem depends on the good health of the river.
The Congaree forest is one of the few remainig ecosystems of its kind.
The Boardwalk loop provides wheelchair access to Weston Lake and foot access to other trails that wind through the floodplain forest.
Colored markers make the trails easy to follow. Call ahead to arrange group tours.
- Pros:Visitor Center is open daily. The Center is very informative and provides helpful information before visiting the swamp.
- Cons:The boardwalks can flood during the winter.
- In a nutshell:A hidden treasure.
Pets are allowed on all trails except the boardwalk. They must be leashed. Be alert for hazards associated with a... more travel advice
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