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Congaree National Park

As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.
— Katharine Hepburn
Giants on the River
Feast your eyes on some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States, part of the country’s largest contiguous tract of oldgrowth bottomland hardwood forest.
This national park in South Carolina is home to champion trees, primeval forest landscapes, and diverse plant and animal life.

Known for its giant hardwoods and towering pines, Congaree’s floodplain forest includes one of the highest canopies in the world. The park provides a sanctuary for plants and animals, a research site for scientists, and a tranquil wilderness setting for walking and relaxing in.

Its gorgeous natural features attract many visitors, but the landscape of Congaree has a rich cultural heritage as well. Americans from all walks of history have called Congaree home, from prehistoric natives to Revolutionary War patriots to escaped slaves.

For thousands of years, Native Americans lived in Congaree, finding life in the many natural resources that the floodplain provided. African American slaves used the floodplain as a refuge and place to find liberty. After emancipation they fished Cedar Creek, hunted along its banks, and baptized children in its waters.

Today, Congaree is still a great place for fishing—as well as hiking, camping, and boating.

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