Saturday, May 19, 2012

Congaree National Park

I'm pretty sure we chose quite possibly the absolute best day to visit Congaree National Park. Though commonly known as a swamp, it is actually a lowland forest with an amazing canopy of trees.  In fact, it is said to be the tallest of any other deciduous forest on earth!  This area has great potential for sweltering humidity combined with monster mosquitoes.  However, the day we came was cool, actually downright chilly in the heart of the swampy area with its high canopy of trees.  

We hiked the boardwalk trail and then took the Weston Lake Loop off the main boardwalk trail.  The kids really loved the Weston Lake Loop for the "chocolate river" with its many cypress trees and knobby "knees" sprinkled throughout; it really made it look enchanted!  Unfortunately, our pictures of it don't capture that at all.  Guess you'll just have to go and visit for yourself! :)  

The temperature drops as soon as you enter the forest.
The pathway continues like this through the lowland forest.
It is not technically a swamp; it's a lowland forest.
There is a river that runs through the forest where you can canoe, maybe when the kids are older.
Thankfully the meter was on the left!

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