Congaree Swamp National Monument Things to Do

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    Weston Lake

    by goingsolo Written Nov 27, 2008

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    The Weston Lake Loop was a good option for a short hike into the forest.. The trail is supposedly 4.6 miles (it seemed shorter), and its very well marked and easy to follow. It passes through the old growth forest and alongside the lake, passing the northern bank of Cedar Creek along the way back to the visitor center. Although I heard some sounds, I didn't see any wildlife until getting back on the boardwalk where there were 2 wild boar (or pigs? hard to tell) heading towards the forest.

    Its nearly completely flat and was an easy walk through a peaceful forest. There are two entrances to the trail from the boardwalk. The trail also intersects some of the longer trails, which can be used to extend your hike or for hiking to the Congaree river, about 10 miles away.

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    Boardwalk trail

    by goingsolo Written Nov 27, 2008

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    The boardwalk trail is the easiest and quickest way to see the swamp. Along the boardwalk trail you will also find loblolly pines, and, if you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of wildlife. Since the park encompasses more than the swamp, I'd highly recommend hiking at least one of the other trails to catch at least a glimpse of the forest. But, if time is short, the boardwalk trail will at least give you the opportunity to see the swamp and the tall pines.

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    Stop at the Visitor Center

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    The Visitor Center

    If you are plannig an overnight hiking or canoeing trip, stop at the visitor center for a free camping permit, up-to-date information and a trail map.
    Canoeists can explore parts of the park where foot travel is difficult. There is a marked canoe trail on Cedar Creek.

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    Have a Picnic

    by Basaic Written Nov 1, 2011
    Picnic Area

    There are a few picnic tables in a covered area near the visitors center if you wish to enjoy a meal in the outdoors. Beware during mosquito season, though!

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    Hiking Trails

    by Basaic Written Nov 1, 2011
    Hiking Trail

    There are several foot trails you can hike through the park. However, some areas are only accessible by boat.

    I have more details about the trails under my Sports Tips.

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    Numbers and Guides

    by Basaic Written Nov 1, 2011
    Numbers for the Guides

    Along the boardwalk trail are numbers that correspond to a guide you can purchase in the visitors center. This will teach you more about life in a floodplain forest. Hope no one has Triskadecaphobia.

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    Weston Lake

    by Basaic Written Nov 1, 2011
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    One of the prettier sights along the trail is Weston Lake. You can get a nice view of Weston Lake from the accessible Boardwalk Trail or take the Weston Lake Trail (not accessible) for a closer look.

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    Plantlife

    by Basaic Written Oct 27, 2011
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    There are also over 80 species of trees in 22 different plant communities in the park. The abundant water supply supports a wide variety of fungi-type plants.

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    Wildlife

    by Basaic Written Oct 27, 2011
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    There is abundant wildlife in the park to include: 170 bird species, 60 reptile and amphibian species, 49 fish species, many species of inescts, and a variety of mammals.

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    Visitors Center Museum

    by Basaic Written Oct 27, 2011
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    The visitors’ center has several nice displays depicting the history of the area and the plants and animals that live here.

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    cane stand

    by doug48 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    cane stand

    pictured is a stand of cane. cane is an indigenous grass that looks like bamboo. cane is common in the wet areas of park.

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