Congaree National Park


Also found in: Acronyms, Wikipedia.

See also: National Parks and Monuments (table)National 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.

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.
References in periodicals archive ?
Wet and swampy, the wide floodplain is relatively undeveloped, and at its far end lies Congaree National Park.
For outdoor adventure that's not in (or along) Congaree National Park, 41-mile-long Lake Murray, just outside of Columbia, offers paddling, sailing and power-boating opportunities.
Kinzer, an environmental protection specialist at the National Park Service and environmental lawyer, details the environmental history of South CarolinaAEs Congaree National Park before its establishment in 1976, and the relationship between human disturbance and forest dynamics in the park over the past 3,000 years.
How much of the old-growth forest of Congaree National Park, I wondered, would be left if these guardians had not been on the front lines?
So the 11,000 acres of old-growth forest that cover half of Congaree National Park represent one of the crown jewels of eastern forests.
Congaree National Park contains the largest remaining area of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.
Congaree National Park, like other parks around the country, is positioned in a landscape where surrounding land uses, municipal wastewater discharges and on-site visitation can potentially introduce contaminants into the protected areas, said Paul Bradley, USGS Research Ecologist/Hydrologist and lead author of the study.
Head to Congaree National Park in South Carolina, where one of two other species of synchronous fireflies in North America, Photuris frontalis, puts on a smaller, but less crowded, show from about mid-May to early June.
Volunteers run the annual butterfly count in Congaree National Park in South Carolina and inventory Kemp's Ridley sea turtle hatchlings at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas.