Thirty minutes from Columbia, South Carolina—and not that far out of the way for anyone traveling to the beach on the Atlantic Coast—Congaree National Park is waiting to be explored. Many people have not heard of this national park, which didn’t receive its status until 2003.
Congaree has a lot going for it: a 26,000-acre forest that’s an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area, and a National Natural Landmark. Additionally, approximately 17,000 acres of the park are designated as official Wilderness Area.
Giants of the Southeast
For those who love big trees, this is one of the best places to see them in the South. Congaree holds the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the Southeastern United States. Much…
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