Congaree National Park

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Congaree National Park,

21,888 acres (8,862 hectares), central S.C., est. as Congaree Swamp National Monument 1976, designated a national park and renamed 2003. Located along the north bank of the meandering Congaree River, the park contains the largest tract of old-growth floodplain forest in North America, a remnant of the southern bottomland forests once found in the SE United States. The diverse, episodically flooded wilderness contains more than 75 species of trees and a variety of animal life, including bobcats, white-tailed deer, wild pigs, flying squirrels, barred owls, eight woodpecker species, and many snake and turtle species. See also National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
 (table).

Congaree National Park

Address:100 National Park Rd
Hopkins, SC 29061

Phone:803-776-4396
Fax:803-783-4241
Web: www.nps.gov/cosw/
Size: 21,890 acres.
Established: Authorized on October 18, 1976; wilderness designated on October 24, 1988. Designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1983. Status changed from Congaree Swamp National Monument to Congaree National Park in November of 2003.
Location:20 miles southeast of Columbia, South Carolina. Take Exit 5 off I-77 and follow signs (15 miles).
Facilities:Campsites (é), rest rooms (é), visitor center, boardwalk (é), trails.
Activities:Camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, guided walks, canoe trips.
Special Features:Congaree Swamp preserves, in a wilderness state, the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States as well as many other plant and animal species associated with an alluvial floodplain. It features some of the tallest trees in the East with one of the highest canopies in the world. Though not a true swamp, it is recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve and National Natural Landmark.

See other parks in South Carolina.