Hike This Ancient Forest In South Carolina That’s Home To 500-Year-Old Trees

South Carolina’s most famous tree – called the Angel Oak – is located just outside of Charleston and it receives hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of visitors each day. Angel Oak is thought to be anywhere from 300-400 years old. But there’s an ancient forest in the midlands with trees that are more than 500 years old. And a walk through this magical forest is like walking through a storybook.

Congaree National Park is located at 100 National Park Rd., Hopkins, SC 29061. It’s open 24 hours a day and offers hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping (primitive and backcountry), and general opportunities to gawk at some of the largest and oldest trees in America. The park is open 365 days a year; however, the visitor’s center is closed on national holidays. Admission is free. Learn more on the official website for the National Park Service.