• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:


  • RT Distance:

    4.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    0 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking

This is a peaceful hike through a floodplain forest of cypress trees, tupelos and loblolly pines with many opportunities for wildlife viewing.

If you're looking for a longer hike in Congaree National Park than just the Boardwalk Loop, try adding another 2.0 miles to the Boardwalk Loop by hiking the Weston Lake Trail.  

From the visitor's center, take the Boardwalk Trail and stay straight at the intersection with the Bluff Trail. The elevated boardwalk will turn into the low boardwalk. After 0.7 miles, the Boardwalk Trail will turn left at in intersection. Stay straight here to begin the Weston Lake portion of the trail.  

The Weston Lake trail follows white blazes with the number "3" on them as it winds through the forest skirting Cedar Creek for a long portion of the trail. There are six bridge crossings on this trail as well as numerous intersections with other trails. All these intersections are well-marked. 

After 2.5 miles on the Weston Lake Trail you will rejoin the Boardwalk Trail and continue the remaining 1.2 miles back to the visitor's center on the Boardwalk Trail.  

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Bug spray
  • Camera
  • Trail map
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Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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