Congaree National Park in South Carolina preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.  (by wsweet321)

Congaree National Park in South Carolina preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. (by wsweet321)

This swampy old growth former national monument gained the prestigious national park designation in 2003 and has since attracted visitors far and wide to its unparalleled ecosystem.

This swampy old growth former national monument gained the prestigious national park designation in 2003 and has since attracted visitors far and wide to its unparalleled ecosystem.

The Ultimate Guide to Congaree National Park

The Ultimate Guide to Congaree National Park

Ask people to list our National Parks and chances are that unless they are from somewhere in South Carolina, Congaree National Park will not get mentioned.

Ask people to list our National Parks and chances are that unless they are from somewhere in South Carolina, Congaree National Park will not get mentioned.

The South's National Parks: Boardwalk Loop Trail Congaree National Park

The South's National Parks: Boardwalk Loop Trail Congaree National Park

This cypress in the Congaree National Park (South Carolina) once straddled the stump of another fallen tree. The stump has since rotted away to leave the cypress in an interesting position.

This cypress in the Congaree National Park (South Carolina) once straddled the stump of another fallen tree. The stump has since rotted away to leave the cypress in an interesting position.

Hikers exploring Congaree National Park in South Carolina often visit tree-lined Cedar Creek in hopes of spotting otters and herons. The eerie canoe trail slips through sunless channels of brown water.  (Photograph by Altrendo Travel/Getty Images)

Hikers exploring Congaree National Park in South Carolina often visit tree-lined Cedar Creek in hopes of spotting otters and herons. The eerie canoe trail slips through sunless channels of brown water. (Photograph by Altrendo Travel/Getty Images)

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