Congaree National Park
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061
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.
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK
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