Walk the Boardwalk Loop in Congaree National Park

Harry Hampton Visitor Center, Hopkins, South Carolina, United States

  • Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    2.5 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Take a walk along the boardwalk amongst champion trees of the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.

The boardwalk trail is an easy 2.4 mile walk through a small portion of Congaree National Park. However, it is an excellent introduction to the park as it takes you deep into the swampy and cypress forest. The flat surface is accessible and provides a leisurely way to experience the Congaree wilderness. Visiting during the early mornings provides a better chance of seeing wildlife such as deer, wild pigs, owls and many other mammals and birds. During the summertime at night, the forest lights up with billions of flashing lights as the fireflies come out. Important note for daytime visitors during warmer seasons is to pay attention to the mosquito meter as the mosquitos in the park can be very extreme.

Along the boardwalk, you'll be amazed at the size of the bald cypress trees and champion loblolly trees. While walking through the park, be quiet and still from time to time as you may see wildlife camouflaged in the forest.

Pack List

  • Bug spray
  • Long sleeves if the mosquitos are bad
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Tripod
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I visit the CNP regularly and this is always something I do! Absolutely gorgeous.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Seth Berry Explorer

A nature and travel photographer from South Carolina. Exploring the great outdoors, capturing stunning and breathtaking photos, and inspiring people through photography is my passion. View my work at www.SethBerryPhotography.com

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