November 23, 2017 by Mike North America 0

Congaree National Park, SC

Congaree National Park, SC

For Thanksgiving this year I had an opportunity to spend it in one of our nation’s newest National Parks, Congaree, located just outside Columbia, South Carolina.  Over 26,000 acres make up Congaree National Park, home to some of the oldest bottomwood hardwood in the United States, and the tallest species of trees on the east coast that grow within the floodplain of the Congaree River that snakes through the entire park.

Had the temperatures been a bit warmer and there was more time I’d love to kayak through some of the park, however this trip was restricted to a fairly easy 2.4 mile walk on an elevated foot bridge with a few opportunities to get off and play in the mud.  Stopping along the footbridge and the edge of the river to simply listen to the over-active wildlife was a true highlight of the trip.  Even the third week of November much of the park was still very lush and every direction looked vastly different.