In the middle of South Carolina, on the outskirts of the capitol city of Columbia lies the region’s largest intact old growth forest. Congaree National Park protects that forest, as well as the surrounding floodplains and resulting thriving ecosystem.
By water, hiking trail, or boardwalk, you have to experience the beautiful solitude of this small, lesser-known national park for yourself.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Wiping our Sponge Slowly
- Our Video Highlights
- Our podcast, Flexibility in the National Parks, ft. Congaree and Canyonlands
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Go on a stroll along the boardwalk adjacent to the visitor center.
- Get on the water in a canoe or kayak. Follow a trail or set off on your own route!
- Learn more about the park at the visitor center: talk to a ranger, view the park film, and read about how the park became a park.
- Plan a backpacking trip through the old growth forest
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.