Boardwalk Trail, Congaree National Park (3)
This photo was taken during our first visit to Congaree National Park in June 2011. It was fairly dry, so areas that are sometimes underwater were dry. Congaree National Park preserves the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States. Located in South Carolina, the 22,000 acre national park received that designation in 2003 as the culmination of a grassroots campaign which had started in 1969. The lush trees growing in this floodplain forest are some of the tallest in the Eastern U.S., forming one of the highest natural canopies remaining in the world. The Congaree River flows through the park. 15,000 acres (or about 70 percent of the park) is designated wilderness area.
Most visitors to the park walk along the Boardwalk Loop, an elevated 2.4 mile walkway through the swampy environment that protects delicate fungi and plant life at ground level.