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“A nice smaller national park”

Congaree National Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hopkins
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the few remaining old growth floodplains in the country; home to otters, bobcats and wild boar.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Planned our day to arrive around 8 AM knowing the visitors center not open till 9 (bathrooms were open and brochures available). Did the boardwalk loop first. This is a very easy and worthwhile hike especially if you take the brochure and read the info at each marker. Then we hit the visitor center, got some good tips from the staff on other hikes, and then caught the movie. The movie is one of the best we have seen at a national park (and we have been to most of them). Very informative and very well done! Then we opted to do the river hike. It's long, flat, and quite frankly, very boring. What was disappointing was you didn't get to actually walk along the river. Just a glimpse here and there. This was a downer as we expected we would be able to walk along the river for a stretch. In addition, trail maintenance is not a priority here and we spent a lot of time climbing over down trees (which we were previously warned would be occurring). It took us about 4.5 hours to navigate this hike and not sure I would have done it knowing what I do now. Not a very popular hike probably due to its length as we only saw 7 other folks scattered on the trial.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This was our 23rd National Park we have visited and Congaree did not disappoint. We began at the visitor center. The rangers there were very friendly and helpful. We looked around at the displays, got our stamp for our passport book, and bought a few postcards. We then took the boardwalk trail, but then got off of that to go on the Weston Lake Loop trail - if you do that be aware that you will miss the middle of the boardwalk loop. I wish we would have went back to see what we missed on the boardwalk loop but the lake loop was interesting to see. We did a glimpse of a couple of turtles and lots of birds along our hikes. The mosquitos were almost non-existent with the weather being a little on the chillier side the day we were there. And the trees, the trees are something to behold. It was very cool to be surrounded by such giants. Be sure to get a self guided tour brochure for the boardwalk loop as it has numbers that coincide with the brochure along the path with fascinating explanations of what you are seeing. Enjoy your hike!

1  Thank TeachingTravelingMom
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This national park is acres of floodplain encompassing bald cypress, loblolly pine, and dwarf palmetto. Much is accessible by boardwalk (so easy for strollers and wheelchairs), but there are many other easy-moderate trails branching off. We also to the Weston Lake Trail. Lots of woodpeckers. Take time to watch the orientation film in the Visitor's Center, which gives a great overview. We had no problems with mosquitos in March, but I would think bug spray in late spring and summer would be essential! Bring your camera as you will get some incredible pictures.

2  Thank Jane M
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Congaree offers a unique experience in nature not provided by any other national park. The boardwalk allows for easy access to some of the park's best features. But there were other trails off the beaten path that allowed opportunities to be away from people. I am thrilled this place was preserved for future generations and for the flora and fauna it protects. The woodpeckers were especially amazing.

Thank Alicia_JA
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Congaree may not be one of the most scenic of the National Parks, but what it is is unspoiled beauty. And in the east, that is nearly impossible to find. The diversity of trees is nearly as immense as their sizes. Apparently a number of the trees in the park are the tallest specimens of their type. Some are immensely tall while others are tall for their species. Not like western trees, but huge nonetheless. I was really impressed. And lucky is, we also saw a few warblers.

Thank williamo126
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