"A Winter Visit to Congaree Swamp" Congaree Swamp National Monument by 807Wheaton

Birding in the Swamp

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 Visitors Center

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.

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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 and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Congaree Swamp National Monument: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 22, 2005
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  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2005 at 1:21 PM

    I used to love hiking in Congaree Swamp, until Hurricane Hugo devastated the place. I'm sure it's recovered much by now.

  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2005 at 2:31 PM

    I have not heard of this National Monument before, I will have to look it up. It looks like a great place for walks and bird watching.

  • no1birdlady's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2005 at 1:22 AM

    Good photo of the Congaree and good comments.

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