Enormous trees growing out of still waters
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Enormous trees growing out of still waters

Why Congaree National Park Is So Impressive And Unique

My parents retired in South Carolina, in Beauford to be exact. That's a town on the coast right by Hilton Head Island, if you're not familiar. Anyway, my mom convinced us...
... to take a little visit to Congaree National Park, which is about an hour away from where they live. I didn't really get why it was a national park until we went there. It's really quite incredible. Congaree is the largest preserve of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.
Put another way: it's full of very old and tall trees growing out of floodplain water. These massive trees form one of the last remaining deciduous canopies in the entire world. It's also an International Biosphere Reserve, a Globally Important Bird Area and a National Natural Landmark.
We walked the Boardwalk Loop through the park, which is about 3 miles. I could feel the natural history there, walking through the still, swampy waters among enormous trees.
Some of them are more than 100 feet tall. The feeling was peaceful but cut with the heavy stillness of a swamp. So neat.
Congaree Swamp
Congaree Swamp
Congaree Bridge
Congaree Bridge
Congaree Trees
Congaree Trees
The Boardwalk Loop
The Boardwalk Loop
Congaree Boardwalk
Congaree Boardwalk
Kayaking in Congaree
Kayaking in Congaree
Welcome!
Welcome!
“Wear waterproof shoes because even the trails get swampy.”
Raised boardwalk through the park
Raised boardwalk through the park

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