Congaree National Park in South Carolina is an example of just how diverse our National Parks can be. Congaree is best know for being the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. And more impressive to me, the park also has one of the largest concentrations of champion trees in the world, with the tallest known examples of 15 species.

It was a fun run though Congaree with many downed trees to navigate. The environment is different than any of the other National Parks I visited. The marsh and soft soil, wetlands, river and very cool cypress trees makes for a magical, movie-like landscape. I got to see almost all the trails at the park. Early spring is a great time to go. No mosquitoes!

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