Sims Trail, Congaree National Park

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4.6 miles of interesting walking using the Bluff Trail and Sims Trail as an out-and-back. This is good way to see new-growth forest and old-growth forest in the same hike. The Bluff trail departs the After Hours parking lot and is easy walking to the junction with the Sims Trail. From there, the walking is more like country road travel, all the way down to Cedar Creek. Pick up a free trail map at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center before you start walking. There are many combinations of trails that can be used. You can easily turn the Sims Trail hike into a 'loop' hike by returning on the Weston Lake Loop Trail and Low Boardwalk.

Call the park directly for current trail conditions before you visit. Every once in a while, the Congaree River floods it's banks, making a hike on most of the Sims Trail impossible. (803) 776-4396 ext. 0

Be sure to ask the rangers about the Friends of Congaree Swamp. This is a non-profit organization that helps protect and promote Congaree National Park and it's unique environment. More info here:
Trail length: 5 miles
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  • Posted by SCgregg1 on March 7, 2010


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    Reviewed by SCgregg1 on March 7, 2010

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    The Sims Trail bisects the boardwalk loop and is a little less traveled. This is also a dog-friendly hike. Gotta love taking our canine friends along, right? Sure thing!
    I like this hike because it is different from all other hikes in Congaree National Park. If you follow the 'plan' and use the Bluff Trail and Sims Trail as an out-and-back, you'll only be on a boardwalk for about 20 yards near the old ranger station, avoiding boardwalk traffic that can get fairly heavy during spring, early summer, and fall. Yep, it's a good alternative route to get down to Cedar Creek, and there's a lot of pretty cool things to see down there. Your dogs will like it too.
    You can shorten the dog-friendly hike by starting at the Harry Hampton Visitors Center. Start at the Center and descend the stairs to the left. The dog trail continues to the junction of Sims Trail.
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