This is a great canoe or kayak camping trip, with lots of campsite options, especially if the water is low enough to expose numerous sand bars. Starting in downtown Columbia, you quickly leave the city behind and begin a rural float. The first section of this trip consists of longer, straight stretches of river, but the river begins to meander more as you get downstream. About half-way, Congaree National Park begins on the left bank. You can get out and explore Congaree National Park by access the River Trail, or paddling up the Cedar Creek Paddling Trail. Development on the right bank is minimal and only occasionally visible from the river, making this a very rural paddle.
Camping is allowed anywhere in the Park’s backcountry along the river. Contact Congaree National Park for backcountry camping information.
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