One Of America’s Least-Visited National Parks Is Here In South Carolina, And You Might Have It All To Yourself

Tourism continues to flourish in the Palmetto State, and with it, so do visits to our only national park, Congaree National Park in Hopkins. Yet, even with a ever-growing number of visitors in recent years, this hidden gem remains in the top 10 least visited national parks in the country. According to recently released figures, Congaree National Park saw just over 145,000 visitors last year, or an average of just over 400 people per day – a stark contrast to the colossal number of tourists that flock to South Carolina each year.

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In 2018, America’s national parks saw 318 million visitors. In 2018, Congaree National Park enjoyed a record high in visitor count at just over 145,000. Care to guess which national park has the most visitors annually? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Congaree National Park is located 20 miles from Columbia, 82 miles from Florence, 85 miles from Rock Hill, and approximately 125 miles from Beaufort, Charleston, and Greenville. Learn more about the park from the National Park Service website.

Address: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061, USA