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Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061


Today's activity:
video tour & guided 2.5 mile boardwalk hike

The entrance sign at Congaree National Park
Steve, our very knowledgeable tour guide for today
He was quick to point out the poison ivy to everyone
The dense tree canopy covering most of today's 2.6 mile tour
Even the giants come toppling down every once in a while
Most of the tour was on this elevated boardwalk
The lower boardwalks become submerged for several months every year
The trees show the high watermark during the rainy season
An American Giant Millipede
After being touched by a leave he goes into a defensive posture
One of many dragonflies keeping the mosquito population under control
A Five Lined Skink
A Green Frog
A Plain Bellied Water Snake
A Yellow Bellied Slider

Today's visit to Congaree National Park was a pleasant surprise. We went in not expecting too much and ended up coming out with a much appreciated knowledge of exactly how rare this area is today and why it has come up through the ranks of the Nation Park System. From being privately owned until the 1960's, to being designated a National Monument in 1976 and finally becoming a National Park in 2003, Congaree has grown in size and importance. The park contains the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. The trees here are some of the tallest in the eastern United States, forming one of the highest temperate deciduous forest canopies remaining in the world.

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