This was a quick stop on our way to Myrtle Beach. We arrived at 4:40pm. Sunset is 5:26pm, but due to the heavy tree canopy over the swamp, the Park Ranger advised it gets dark very quickly once the sun goes down. As the closest camping area was a 50 minute drive away, we did not want to leave and come back. So we grabbed our flashlights and hit the swamp. As you can imagine based on the 50 minute drive, Congaree is in the middle of nowhere. It is the largest bottomland hardwood forest in the United States, and home to the biggest trees in South Carolina, and among the biggest east of the Mississippi. Due to the unstable swamp ground, The Bald Cypress trees root system is massive, spreading out for large areas around the tree. Most of the park is a boardwalk trail, and you can walk out to Wilson Lake, which also looks like a swamp. We only have photos on the way out, as we were using flashlights on the way back. Back in the car at 6:20pm. Not bad. (Mr. Park Ranger said we would not have time, but thanks for the flashlight advice, the park is open 24 hours)

 

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Bald Cypress root system.

Bald Cypress root system.

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The swamp

The swamp

Boardwalk trail

Boardwalk trail

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Racoon going for a swim

Racoon going for a swim

Possum  (I think)

Possum (I think)

Wilson Lake. Apparently Congaree is the most northern waters I the United States with gators, we did not see any

Wilson Lake. Apparently Congaree is the most northern waters I the United States with gators, we did not see any

Lucky we visited in November. I would not want to be here during "War Zone"

Lucky we visited in November. I would not want to be here during “War Zone”