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The monument rests on a floodplain of the Congaree River and is not a true swamp. This remnant preserves, in a wilderness state, the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. The monument was authorized as a unit of the National Park Service on October 18, 1976.

Three features give national significance: some of the tallest trees in the East with one of the highest canopies in the world, broad biodiversity, and old-growth forest. The monument is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve, National Natural Landmark, Wilderness Area, and 'Globally Important Bird Area.'



Email - cosw_information@nps.gov

Fax- 803-783-4241

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Congaree Swamp National Monument
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061-9118

Visitor Information - 803-776-4396


Operating Hours, Seasons
Operating hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily except for Christmas Day.

Getting There
PLANE - Columbia Airport - 30 miles away.

CAR - Take exit #5 off I-77. Follow signs to entrance of monument (approximately 15 miles)

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Taxi, approximately 20 miles from Columbia.

Weather & Climate
Hot, humid summers & cool, mild winters. Pleasant Spring and Fall seasons.

2.3 mile boardwalk loop trail is accessible to persons in wheel chairs.

Ranger Station and restrooms are accessible to persons in wheel chairs.

Getting Around
Hiking on boardwalk and trails. Canoeing & kayaking on Cedar Creek.


Free! for 14 Days
Free camping permit can be picked up at Ranger Station.


Backcountry Camping
Open All Year
Camp in wilderness area of park 100 feet away from backcountry trails and water, 500 feet away from visitor center and boardwalk. Primitive camping-no facilities. Obtain free camping permit at Ranger Station.

Bluff Campsite
Open All Year
Designated Group Camping area. Porta-Johns, fire rings, and picnic tables. Large enough for several large groups. Obtain free camping permit at Ranger Station.


Ranger Stations
Open All Year 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone - 803-776-4396
Location - Monument is located 20 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina
Closures - Christmas Day
Special Programs - NatureFest in April, Owl Prowls in Spring & Fall, monthly guided canoe trips, Harry Hampton Memorial Walk in November, and spring nature walks.
Exhibits - Few exhibits in Ranger Station.
Available Facilities - Restrooms accessable by wheel-chairs. Boardwalk loop, 2.3 miles, accessible by wheelchair. Over 20 miles of marked hiking trails 18 miles of marked canoe trail (primitive conditions with numerous tree falls accross creek.) Picnic tables near Ranger Station.

Visitor Centers
Open All Year 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Phone - (803) 776-4396

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Contact Info
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Campgrounds Nearby
List of Nearby Campgrounds

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Congaree Swamp National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Congaree Swamp National Monument:
Weston Lake Rec Area, Columbia, 5 miles away
Congaree National Park - Longleaf - After Hours, Gadsden, 5 miles away
Sesquicentennial, Columbia, 11 miles away
Sweetwater Lake, St Matthews, 12 miles away
Bethel Campground, Kershaw County, 13 miles away
Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, 14 miles away
Capital City Campground, Columbia, 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Congaree Swamp National Monument:
Red Roof Inn Columbia East-Ft Jackson, Columbia , 7 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Columbia/At Fort Jackson, Columbia , 7 miles away
Candlewood Suites COLUMBIA-FT. JACKSON, Columbia , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites COLUMBIA-FORT JACKSON, Columbia , 8 miles away
Comfort Inn & Suites Ft.Jackson Maingate, Columbia , 8 miles away
La Quinta Inn Columbia SE / Fort Jackson, Columbia , 8 miles away
Baymont Inn & Suites Columbia Fort Jackson, Columbia , 8 miles away
 Whitewater Near Congaree Swamp National Monument:
Broad River, Richland County , 17 miles away, Class II-III - 4 miles long (I-20 to Congaree River)
Congaree River, -blank- County , 19 miles away, Class I-II - -blank- miles long (Broad to Gervais)
Saluda River, Lexington Richland County , 25 miles away, Class II-IV - 11 miles long (Lake Murray Dam to Broad/Congaree confluence)
 Public Lands Near Congaree Swamp National Monument:
Sesquicentennial State Park, South Carolina , 10 miles away
Poinsett State Park, South Carolina , 22 miles away
Lake Wateree State Park, South Carolina , 29 miles away
Goodale State Park, South Carolina , 30 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Congaree Swamp National Monument:
Sedgewood Country Club, Hopkins , 1 miles away
Garners Ferry Golf & Amusement, Columbia , 6 miles away
Indian River Golf Club, Gadsden , 6 miles away
Wildewood & Woodcreek Farms, Columbia , 10 miles away
Woodlands Country Club, Columbia , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Congaree Swamp National Monument
Boyden Arbor Lake, Richland County , 9 miles away

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