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Congaree National Park

Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States, including several of the tallest cypress trees in the world. The only National Park in South Carolina, Congaree is about a 30-minute drive from Columbia. Most visitors to the park take a walk along the Boardwalk Loop, an elevated walkway through the swampy environment that protects delicate fungi and plant life at ground level. Congaree is a paradise for birds and birdwatchers alike. Many enjoy visiting via canoe, and the park has a 20-mile (32-km) marked canoe trail on Cedar Creek, as well as free canoe tours conducted on the weekends. Some people like to hike and camp in the park. Just be forewarned: It's wet. It's jungly. It's full of things that crawl and bite and might like to have you for a snack. But the trees are spectacular, and the wildlife only gets better as you go down the trail. A trip into this wild, almost primordial landscape, will leave you feeling as if a triceratops might lumber into your path at any moment. Current Internet Travel Offers for Congaree NP...

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