Hike The Boardwalk To Nowhere At Congaree National Park In South Carolina For A Magical Woodland Adventure

Newcomers to South Carolina may not be aware the Palmetto State is home to one of the 61 protected National Parks in the U.S. In 2003, the area now known as Congaree National Park was officially named part of the National Park Service. With 26,276 acres that includes the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the country, Congaree National Park in South Carolina has some enormous trees that are worthy of seeking out.

Congaree National Park in South Carolina is open year-round from dawn to dusk and is always free. For more information on the boardwalk trail, be sure to check out the official website of the National Park Service.

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Address: Congaree National Park, South Carolina, USA
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July 29, 2022

Is Congaree National Park the only national park in South Carolina?

South Carolina may be home to just one national park, but believe us when we tell you that it's all about quality over quantity! One of the country’s most hidden national parks, Congaree National Park preserves the largest swatch of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the country. But Congaree is much more than just a forest. It’s also characterized as a swamp… a swamp with enormous old cypress trees. In fact, Congaree’s old growth trees include the largest concentration of champion trees in the world. (Champion trees are labeled as such due to their size and significance.) So while Congaree National Park might well be the only national park in South Carolina, it's definitely worth seeking out and adding to your Palmetto State bucket list!

What are some other beautiful places to explore in South Carolina?

One of our favorite places in South Carolina, walking into Angel Oak Park is like stepping into a real-life fairy tale. This humble park in South Carolina is home to trees that are between 300 and 500 years old, and while they're not towering giants like those found in the West, they are no less resplendent. Anyone who's ever braved the elements of a tropical storm or hurricane will tell you that to survive the elements of Mother Nature this close to the ocean for so long is nothing short of magical -- or, at the very least, miraculous. And that is exactly what Angel Oak Park is: a marvelous, modern-day miracle.