Past Meetup

Congaree National Park Paddle

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Calling all paddlers! We'll meet at Congaree National Park (Harry Hampton Visitor Center) to paddle the South Cedar Creek area in the swamp at the conjunction of the Congaree and Catawba-Wateree Rivers. We'll have folks from multiple groups, so come meet a new paddler with the same passion as yourself! The event is free for Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation members and $25 for non-members. Please support our efforts to protect beautiful waters like this one. Bring a snack, sufficient water, sunblock, lunch, and kayaks/gear, including life jackets (pfd's) that is in safe, working condition.

Come paddle the swamp where the Catawba-Wateree River meets the Congaree River, and this flat-water paddle is a great change of pace at the southernmost extent of our basin. 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. PLEASE RSVP to Riverkeeper Sam Perkins (

Directions: Take Interstate 77 South for approximately 95 miles to Exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5. At Exit 5 turn off onto SC Hwy 48 East (Bluff Rd.), following the brown and white Congaree National Park directional signs. Travel southeast approximately 12 miles on SC Hwy 48 (Bluff Rd.) toward Gadsden. Take the right fork onto Old Bluff Rd. at the brown and white sign. At the large park entrance sign, turn right onto the park entrance road and proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right.

An interactive park map can be found here: The National Park website is here:

****CONTACT Catawba River Expeditions (803.327.9335) for kayayk/gear rental.****