The Boardwalks Loop, Congaree National Park

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2.4 miles of easy and interesting walking on the elevated boardwalk and the low boardwalk through a mixture of bottomland hardwoods and upland pines. Visit for details. Call the park directly for current trail conditions before you visit. (803) 776-4396 ext. 0. Every once in a while, the Congaree River floods it's banks, making a hike on the low boardwalk portion impossible. The elevated boardwalk, however, is rarely under water and this is a nice 1.3 mile hike down to Weston Lake.

The boardwalks loop is a self-guided interpretive trail with 21 points of interest. Pick up a free interpretive trail guide at the visitor center before you start walking.

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: 3 miles
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  • Posted by SCgregg1 on February 22, 2010


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    Reviewed by SCgregg1 on February 23, 2010

    (1 out of 1 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Using both boardwalks as a loop trail is like taking a hike through two distinctly different ecosystems, and using the self-guided interpretive pamphlet is a great way to learn about the history and biodiversity of both.
    I've done this walk several times and every time I have done it, I've had a great experience. Birding, especially in the winter, is fantastic.
    Unlike the more remote and longer hikes at Congaree, the Boardwalks can be done casually in a couple hours and is great for a family outing. The boardwalks are well constructed and safe.
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