Congaree National Park, the elusive gem hidden within the heart of South Carolina, had long been on our list of must-visit places. Despite its proximity to our hometown of Charlotte, NC, the demands of daily life had kept it just out of reach. But in December of 2021, the stars aligned, and we finally made the journey.
Stepping into Congaree feels like a journey back in time. It's a place where the echoes of modern life fade, and nature's whispers take center stage. The park's serenity is unlike any other we've experienced, owing partly to the dense forest that envelops it and its relatively recent designation as a National Park in 2003.
Discovering Congaree National Park
Traversing the Park
For those seeking aquatic adventures, Congaree unveils its "blue-trails" or waterway trails, meandering through North America's largest congregation of champion trees. With varying trail lengths, you can paddle beneath the colossal giants that grace the nation's landscape. Keep in mind that Congaree has no concessionaires, so bringing your kayak or canoe is essential. Fortunately, Columbia boasts several outfitters that offer kayak rentals and guided trips.