South Carolina’s only national park, Congaree National Park consists of an old growth forest, wetlands, and a network of rivers. This lush, green park resembles a jungle, and its unique landscape is popular for hiking and canoeing. There are several precautions visitors to Congaree should take in order to remain safe during their visit.
These wetlands are a breeding ground for nasty bugs like mosquitoes and deer ticks. It’s important to bring plenty of bug spray with you and check yourself frequently for ticks. This area is also home to a variety of venomous snakes. Keep your eyes open, and if you do see a snake make sure to keep a safe distance. Alligators are native to this region, so use caution around the water. Never approach any wildlife you encounter and always be sure to give animals a wide berth.
South Carolina weather is typically mild, but can get quite hot and humid in the summer months. Be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and be prepared to encounter a bit of spontaneous rain.
Always stay on marked trails. In addition to maintaining the sanctity of the park’s fragile ecosystem, remaining on the trails is a great way to avoid getting lost or running into trouble.