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Congaree National Park, SC - 5-7 mi (Easy-Mod)

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States.  Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees. When compared to all of the world's forests, Congaree is among the tallest.

We'll meet at the park's Visitors Center and prepare to cover 5-7 miles of this swampy park (we'll determine the trails upon Ranger's advice). Expect the hike to take 3-4 hours.

Congaree NP is about 110 miles from Charlotte and should take almost 2 hours to drive.

• Dogs are allowed on all trails including the Boardwalk. Dogs must be kept on a leash and attended at all times. 

• Each hiker is responsible for their own water and snacks. Be well prepared for a long day.

Carpool where possible using the advice from the Discussion Board HERE.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is the hike still on?

    February 28, 2014

    • David K.

      Can't believe everything you read on the internet. I was baffled by all this ice, snow, rain talk. . . it's going to be a beautiful day and those folks are going to miss out. Oh well. . . .

      1 · March 1, 2014

    • fariba

      The weather was excellent. I am glad I came to this hike.

      March 3, 2014

  • Deborah B.

    Fun hike and we couldnt ask for a more beautiful day!!!

    March 2, 2014

  • kim

    Despite all the talk about rain and sleet, It turned out to be a beautiful day for hiking. Congaree National park is a very interesting place to visit.

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Were 15 minutes away, can you guys wait a few minutes

    March 1, 2014

  • Nancy H.

    I'm not going to make it. Got up dressed stopped for breakfast and realized how bad I felt. Dont want to be in the middle of a 5-7 mile hike and get sick..hope the day turns out great for you guys. Heading back home. .

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from ballantyne... carpool anyone? I have space for 2.

    February 28, 2014

    • kim

      where will you meet in ballantyne?

      March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Gayle and Meg...Couldnt make the hike this am..still at work for another hr. Sorry miss this one or do I with da weather like this ??:-) Thanks for da kind thoughts:-):-):-):-)

    March 1, 2014

  • Dana

    I can take 4 people in my car if anybody would like to ride with me and tip in with gas. I can be at the Lowe's off of exit 1 and be ready to leave at 8:45am. I live in Belmont so will only make the stop if I get any reply to this post tonight. Thanks

    February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gayle/Meg, I will plan to ride with one of you on Sat. but exactly where is the Matthews meeting location now--Costco or Arboretum?

    February 26, 2014

    • Gayle

      We were always meeting in Matthews, just change dthe parking spot to Costco

      February 26, 2014

    • Gayle

      Unless the hike is cancelled I am planning on going! See ya Saturday

      February 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What time can I meet the group leaving from IKEA in University for the Congaree Hike?

    February 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank You...I'll meet you at 8:00a

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Chris...Sorry but,I am going to have to cancel this hike because of rain and trail conditions.....Thanks!

      February 27, 2014

  • maureen

    just wondering how the trail conditions will effect our hike. this is the latest from the Congaree NP site: Recent storms left damage on all park trails. The elevated boardwalk is currently closed. The lower boardwalk is partially open, but not fully wheelchair accessible. Expect downed trees and debris on all trails. Be prepared when hiking.

    February 26, 2014

    • David K.

      Talked to a ranger at the park today who said there is damage and not all the trails are open. The open trails have some trees down and barriers, but they are passable and provide a unique view of the park. The hike is ON for anyone wiling to be adventurous, flexible, and open-minded. We should have no problem getting our 5-7 miles in so it is worth the trip from Charlotte. Oh, bring a compass as some of the markers are down! See you there!!

      February 26, 2014

  • Gayle

    I am able to drive or ride from Matthews as well. I will plan to follow Carol's lead and meet at 7:50, leaving at 8. We can see how many are there and arrange the cars. I have a gray Toyota Prius. See everyone there!

    February 26, 2014

    • Gayle

      Sorry forgot to say we will meet at Coastco instead of next to Michaels

      February 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Gayle!!! Meet you at Costco parking lot then..

      February 26, 2014

  • Janet P

    Thanks Shae!!

    February 26, 2014

  • Janet P

    Hi Janet T. in Pineville. I have no idea.
    I think I am carpooling with Shae but am a little confused now...... : )

    February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Janet T, Janet P and Donna you are riding with me. I will send out more info tomorrow morning.

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interesting in car pooling with the Mint Hill/ Matthews/Costco group. Do you have enough cars and what time will you depart.

    February 25, 2014

    • Meg

      Carol, Micah, I'll be at Costco pkg lot in Matthews at 7:50am, leaving about 8am if you want to meet me & we can figure out who'll drive. I'm in gray Honda CRV w/kayak racks on roof...

      February 25, 2014

  • David K.

    I'd like to offer advice on arranging carpools. . . rather than the back and forth trying to arrange seats in someone's car, I suggest someone taking the lead and choosing a location and time where you can be found and inviting others to meet you there. Using the Discussion Board on carpooling (see the link above in the event posting) should help you locate a convenient place near you. This avoids all the back and forth and confusion over who is meeting where. For example: "I will be at the Stonecrest Target at 8:30. Look for the green CR-V on the right side near the Pharmacy sign. Anyone wishing to carpool, be there ready to leave by 8:40."

    When everyone arrives, you can work out the driving and riding. Trust me! I've been doing this a long time and have found this much easier than the way some are trying to make it work.

    February 25, 2014

    • David K.

      Another source of confusion comes from people starting a new comment each time. If you are responding to someone's comment, please use the REPLY under their comment rather than starting a new one.

      February 25, 2014

    • David K.

      My "example" above is just that. I will NOT be at the Stonecrest Target. Also, if you decide on other arrangements or cancel your hiking plans, please take a moment to DELETE any obsolete comments in this section.

      February 25, 2014

  • Thomas

    I would like to drive, and I have room for 3 more.

    February 25, 2014

    • Thomas

      I'm in the S. Tryon & Billy Graham/Woodlawn area.

      February 25, 2014

  • Janet P

    Shae, it looks like there are TWO Janet's. I'm Janet P in Ballantyne ([masked])

    February 25, 2014

  • Janet P

    Shae - my email is [masked]. I live in Ballantyne but can meet you where it's convenient for you. Thanks for remembering!

    February 25, 2014

  • Donna

    I would love to catch a ride with someone if there is another group leaving from the ballantyne area.

    February 22, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Shae. Donna can have my spot. The husband is actually off that day and is going to join me. We will drive the Miata & see you there.

      February 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds good Pamela. If anything changes please let me know. Donna please send me your contact info to plan.

      February 25, 2014

  • Janet P

    I would like to do this hike but don't really want to find the place by myself. Anyone want to carpool from the Ballantyne area? I'll chip in for gas.

    February 9, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Email is [masked]. Will send my phone later.

      February 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Janet can you send me your email or contact info. We can plan the meeting place and time for Sat.

      February 25, 2014

  • Ken W.

    Mint Hill/ Matthews/Costco Car Pool.: Meg and Micah: I am not going to be able to go on the Congaree Hike. I have been scheduled to a additional work assignment out of town. I will be leaving Feb 25- returning March 7th. Sorry really wanted to go on this hike. Have fun.

    February 24, 2014

    • Ken W.

      Have a great time. Wish I could be there.

      February 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ill call u Ken ..im into other meet ups as well. Thanks!:-): Have a safe trip!!

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amybody coming fr Matthews area??? I need a carpool..will pay half for gas!

    February 24, 2014

  • Janet P

    I forget who I'm carpooling with from Ballantyne???

    February 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      With me. I am in SO Charlotte. If you in So Charlotte then lets meet there.

      February 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will contact you closer to the date of hike.

      February 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody from Matthews area doing carpool?? Need a ride help pay for gas...anybody??

    February 10, 2014

  • Janet P

    That's wonderful Shae. I'll meet wherever you say.

    February 9, 2014

  • Don

    Anyone want to carpool from LKN area?

    February 9, 2014

  • Andrea

    I forgot I have another commitment that day. Maybe next time.

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello, Thinking of this for my first outing. Would love to carpool. I am on the west side of CLT but can meet at any of the carpooling locations. Thanks. Pam

    January 29, 2014

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