Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve
Most trails and outdoor spaces are open, and outdoor recreation is encouraged. Please follow outdoor recreation social distancing guidelines and trail etiquette. Be respectful of others, and call ahead if there's uncertainty regarding the trail being open (contact information can be found on each trail page).
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- Trail Head
- Information Sign
- Scenic Observation
- No Fee
- No Camping
The 627-acre preserve is loaded with history and hikers can enjoy a loop though the woods which is several miles long and goes by many of the ponds and historic features.
From the parking area, follow red and green trail markers on this winding, occasionally steep, and challenging loop trail through a dense wetland area. You will pass through mixed woods beneath dangling Spanish moss, make your way through tall, swampy grass, and balance atop dikes between murky backwaters. Benches at several points along the trail provide an opportunity to stop for a minute, and possibly observe wildlife including a variety of birds, alligators, large turtles, iridescent-indigo dragonflies, great blue heron, and snakes.
During wet weather the trail may be impassible in places. Insect repellent is recommended, especially in warm weather, as well as water and first-aid supplies. Although the trail is located near some of Columbia’s larger industries, the area is quite isolated.
No motorized vehicles or bicycles are allowed.
Hours: Dawn to duskDirections:
From I-77 Exit 2 (Saxe Gotha Dr.) south of Columbia: Drive north on 12th Street Extension and turn right onto Godley Street. At the stop sign, turn right onto New State Road. At the fork, turn right onto Old State Road (S-32-66) and the parking area is 1.4 miles on the right.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources | 1000 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 734-4080