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Congaree Swamp Professional Review and Guide
"A variety of hikes through one of the last unlogged bottomland swamps in the United States, offering huge trees and plentiful wildlife viewing. Congaree Swamp National Monument, in the heart of the Congaree River floodplain, is the largest stand of old-growth riverbottom hardwood forest in the United States. In 1983, it was named an International Biosphere Reserve. Hit hard by Hurricane Hugo and other powerful windstorms in recent years, Congaree Swamp has lost many of its record-size trees, but a host of impressive trees still remain."
--John Clark & John Dantzler, Hiking South Carolina (Falcon Guides).
The trails were simple and beautiful but the bugs were non-stop. The bugs actually took the joy away from the hike.
One of my favorite getaways. You can park outside the gate and tour the park after dark. The board walks are easy to traverse in the dark and there is much more wildlife out. I have seen everything from the expected deer to raccoons, and feral pigs. Bring a light, but walking on the board walk without the light on allows for many more animals. Also, be sure to keep quiet and listen for the birds. The owls can be amazing and I have heard multiple owls "hooting it up" in the early afternoon in the deeper parts of the swamp.
I found the trail to be a calm place to visit. The clerk in the service center make a good instruction to us, and it is very interesting to explore the swamp.
Remember to get the self-guided menu and on your trail you will find the Number Mark, you will know better from the menu.
Although it is a small national park, I think it's a lovely worthy to visit.
This is a good nature hike. A variety of animals can be seen. One portion is a boardwalk, which ends at the Congaree River. I didnt personally have a problem with snakes on the trail, but I would recommend being cautious.
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