Bates Ferry

Trail Activities: t

  • Hike


2.0 miles


Round Trip



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Fishing
  • Scenic Observation
  • Parking
  • Trail Head
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


This is a very nice—and fairly new—one-mile (two miles round trip) trail that parallels Bates Old River and offers the easiest access to the Congaree River in Congaree National Park.

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Starting from Route 601 in the eastern section of the park, this trail follows a 1920's ferry road south to the Congaree and is a remnant of the areas rich history, which includes colonial era ferries which once crossed near here. While at the river, please be aware that the bank is steep and could potentially be slippery. It is best to stay on the marked path, as old side trails are neither cleared nor marked.

Fishing is permitted with a valid SC fishing license.

Hours: Dawn to dusk


The Bates Ferry Trail is located on the far east side of the park and can be accessed from Highway 601.

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