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Hike Congaree National Park

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    I've been wanting to explore Congaree for a long time.  There are lots of trails, so we will have to make several trips this year to see it all.  The Charleston Group has been invited to join us.

    Per the Congaree website, "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. "

    Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo along Cedar Creek

    This will be a long day with a 2 1/2 hour drive each way from Bluffton.  Bring bug repellent, lunch, lots of snacks, and plenty of water.  

    This hike will include both Boardwalks, the Weston Lake Loop, and the Oakridge Trail Loop, for an appx 8.5 mile hike.  We will stop and rest in the middle of the hike at Wise Lake, and have lunch.  There will also be an easy opportunity to pull out of the main hike after lunch, for an appx 4-5 mile hike.  The shorter hikers can then explore the Visitors Center and/or more of the boardwalk trails, while waiting for the rest of the hikers.

    For those meeting us there, we will meet near the Harry Hampton Visitor Center at 10:30am. 

    We will possibly carpool from:

    -  Outback in Bluffton, (meet at 7:30am, leave at 7:35am sharp)

    - Wendy's, next to the truck stop at the intersection of I-95 and 278, Exit 8 HHI exit (meet at 7:55am, leave by 8:00am sharp)

     -  TCBY, next to the Marathon Gas Station at the intersection of I-95 and Hwy 17, Exit 33 towards Charleston (meet at 8:30am, leaving 8:35am sharp).

    SO, when RSVPing, please state where you are coming from and where you want to meet us.  Nancy. [masked]

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  • Nancy

    Just wanted everyone to know how disappointed I am about the hike canceling. This was my 3rd try to go there, and now 3 strikes. Deep breath. Maybe one year I'm just going to have to get wet to hike it! Have a good weekend everyone, whatever you end up doing. Hmmm... I may have an idea....

    March 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    Darn it! All day the forecast has been getting worse and worse Now at 70% for showers at hike time. I'm goign to cancel again. So sorry everyone.

    March 22, 2013

  • Dennis S.

    Looks kind of iffy at best. Long way to travel to get rained out. Hopefully we can reschedule. Thanks.

    March 22, 2013

  • Nancy

    Tomorrow's forecast is heading in the wrong direction! Now is 50% for all day showers, starting at midnight tonight and increasing later in the day. Sunday's forecast is worse too. Not looking good. Will post again later today :(

    March 22, 2013

  • Eileen P.

    looking forward to next time. :(

    March 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    I think we're finally going to make this hike! Forecast is now 61 degrees with 30% showers in the AM! I will post a FINAL decision tomorrow night, but right now it LOOKS GOOD! Good idea to bring a poncho or rain jacket along just in case (umbrellas not wise). Carpoolers: We seem to have lots of folks meeting at Outback in Bluffton and a few at Wendy's at I95/278. Recommended gas money to drivers: 3 passengers = $15 each. 2 passengers = $20 each. I am willing to drive if others aren't, but we will need more drivers! Please have your car gased full just in case you need to drive.

    Is there anyone from Beaufort meeting us? We won't stop at Exit 33 unless we know for sure someone will be there.

    There are no real restaurants near the park, so bring a good lunch and lots of snacks and plenty of water. We will be carrying our lunch on the hike. Bug spray too!

    Woo Hoo!

    March 21, 2013

  • Cecilia R.

    Nancy, I forgot to mention that I will join you at Outback in Bluffton.

    March 21, 2013

  • Scott B

    Sorry can't make this I really want to check this place out. But gotta make the doughnuts... :>)

    March 21, 2013

  • Nancy

    Glen, thank you for giving such accurate answers! You saved me some work. As Glen said, I am watching the weather forecast carefully this week. As of right now, it is on. If it turns worse, it will not be. I will keep you posted. Cindy- this will be a long day. If you have to get back to Bluffton, if nothing else, you should drive your own car and make sure anyone else riding with you is willing to leave when you do. Assuming we actually start the hike on time at 10:30. The full hike will take at least 3 hours. At best, leave Congree at 2pm (probably a little later), then drive home (got to give it 3 hours). So at best, we'll be back at 5pm. Probably a little later. If you are going to be rushed, probably best not to go, or make sure you drive yourself.

    I'm going to give it another day or so to watch the weather, before we start discussing carpooling.

    March 19, 2013

    • Cindy M.

      Thank you Nancy for your time spent answering my question. I appreciate it and your warm 'Welcome'. It is perhaps best if I wait and go on the next hike. Thank you again. I look forward to meeting you. Best, Cindy.

      March 20, 2013

  • Glen shows a 30% chance of "Few showers" on Saturday for Hopkins, SC. It will be good to know if we will be doing this rain or shine, but the forecast may change over the next few days so may be best to view the update on Friday.

    March 19, 2013

    • Nancy

      Cindy, that means you would have to leave by 12:30. You would only be able to do the short 4-5 mile loop which might take the group 2 hours, plus we may not start on time. I do not want this trip to be rushed for anyone.It will be tight for you. If you decide to go anyway, make sure you drive your own car so you can cut out early, and only accept carpool passengers who will also leave that early.

      March 19, 2013

    • Nancy

      That posted before I was done, so let me add this one thing: I will not be responsible if you do not make it back on time, and there is a good chance you won't. Not fair to others to rush them.

      March 19, 2013

  • Susan S.

    It is suppost to rain saturday, will this be canceled?

    March 19, 2013

  • Cindy M.

    Hi! What time is the anticipated return? Thank you.

    March 18, 2013


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