Saturday, April 30, 2016

Congaree National Park, Hopkins, South Carolina

I think that Congaree is the least known National Park.  It became a National Park in 2003.  It is the largest (26,000 acres) remaining tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest.  The park consist mainly of hiking and canoeing/kayaking trails.  Automobiles are allowed only as far as the visitor's center.

When we left home, it was a cool 66 degrees

and foggy

There's our hero, Treky - he got us to the park safely and now he's resting in the visitor's center parking area.  Tippy is in there resting too.

Path leading from the parking lot to the visitor's center

Harry Hampton fought for years to have the Congaree "swamp" named a national park.  The visitor's center is named after him.

One of the displays in the visitor's center

We have these little guys (Raccoon) in my neighborhood.  They will steal your stuff and hide it.  This is a display.

They say that there are many different breeds of birds here and I notice tourists with their long range cameras and their bird books going down the trails.  I generally don't do hiking trails.

There is a town, river, swamp and lots of other things in this area named Congaree.  The word Congaree comes from the Congaree indian tribe that lived near here.

My GGGG Grandfather, Azariah Doty fought with General Marion - best known as the "Swamp Fox".

 This is an old Bald Cypress.

More about the Baldcypress

This is the "people" entrance to one of the trails.

This is a "dog" access to the trail.  Note the "poop bag"

This is pretty but it could be anywhere in the Southeast.

Remember our National Park passport book?  We now have two National Park stamps and cancellations.  The cancellation stamps prove that we were there.  

Today is Saturday - Next Wednesday, we plan on camping in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

We hope to see you there.

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