Congaree National Park Review
FREE Congaree National Park, 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061-9118 Tel: 803-776-4396 Getting there:
From Charlotte (Approx. 110 miles) Take Interstate 77 South for approximately 95 miles to Exit 5. Follow directions below from I 77, Exit 5. From Interstate 77, Exit 5 At Exit 5 turn off onto SC Hwy 48 East (Bluff Rd.), following the brown and white Congaree National Park directional signs. Travel southeast approximately fourteen miles on SC Hwy 48 (Bluff Rd.) toward Gadsden and turn right onto Mt. View Rd. Follow Mt. View Rd. for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Old Bluff Rd. and travel 0.6 miles.
At the large park entrance sign, turn left onto the park entrance road and proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right. Watch for Bluff Road, it veers to the right and can be missed. Congaree National Forest is about 20 miles from the Capital (Columbia SC) Primitive camping is free and allowed in the park by permit only. Permits may be obtained at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (and until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Daylight Savings Time).
State or government issued identification is needed to obtain a camping permit. Permits are available on a first come first served basis on the day of your stay. Maximum length of stay is 14 consecutive days and no more than 28 days in any 6 month period. Restrooms at the Harry Hampton Visitor portables toilets are available at the After Hours Campground. Potable water is available from the spigot on the south side of the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Please ask a ranger for the spigot key.
Fires are permitted in designated fire rings only. No campfires are permitted in the backcountry. External wood sources are prohibited from entering the park. Only dead and down wood found within the park may be used. Glass bottles and kegs are prohibited in the park.
You may camp in your car, pop-up trailer, or RV with a valid camping permit. The After Hours Campground is located beside the After Hours parking lot. There are 8 sites. Each site is limited to 8 campers. Portable toilets are available. Congaree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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