Congaree National Park is a beautiful forest and wetland complex. It is considered the largest intact old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. It is a relatively new park, having been designated as such in 2003, prior to that it was a National Monument.
Kermit and I visited Congaree during the last week in December. It was quite warm, once we got walking I was quite comfortable in a t-shirt (although everyone else was bundled up in winter coats!).
Congaree is a very biodiverse area, with some incredible cypress and tupelo stands.
|Kermit does not have the best sitting posture 🙂|
|Much of Congaree was flooded during this visit|
|Me and Kermit! Short sleeves in December!|
|Shallow roots, another wetland indicator|
|A curious gray squirrel|
|The hike up was beautifully lush, with many little verdant coves such as this one|
|I believe this is Flatbacked Millipede, Sigmoria trimaculata|
|Beautiful timber check steps|
I’ve been many trails in the northeast, and the steps along this trail are some of he nicest I have ever seen. My brother builds trails like this for the National Park Service in Washington.
|Beautiful stone check steps|
|The rock outcropping on Chimney Tops, offering a 360-degree panoramic view|
|I did not climb all the way to the top. The rock outcropping was still wet from rain earlier in the day.|
The southern Appalachians reminds me of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. The views are similar, with some overlap in plant species, but the plant communities of the southern Appalachians are famously diverse. Now that I live in SC, I look forward to exploring