Congaree Fast Facts

  • Congaree National Park covers a total area of 22,200 acres
  • The number of people visiting Congaree in 2017 was 159,595 *
  • Congaree was made a national park on November 10, 2003
  • The lowest elevation found in Congaree is 80 feet at Congaree River
  • The highest elevation found in Congaree is 140 feet on Old Bluff Road
  • There is no entrance fee for Congaree National Park
  • Congaree National Park lies in the Eastern time zone
  • We last visited Congaree National Park in March 2012
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Congaree Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Congaree

  • Congaree National Park preserves the largest area of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.
  • Congaree is a floodplain, not a swamp, despite its former name of Congaree Swamp National Monument. A floodplain is a low lying area near a river, covered by water only part of the year. A swamp is permanently covered with water.
  • In 1983 International Biosphere Reserve status was given to the park as part of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
  • Congaree’s floodplain forest has one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies in the world, with an average height of over 100 feet.

Where is Congaree National Park?

Congaree is in the state of South Carolina, right next to the major city of Columbia. Few national parks are so close to an urban center of this size. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Congaree.

Main Entrance
(33.84342069020234, -80.82901637257237)

More About Congaree

We have pages on all sorts of things about Congaree National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.