Visitors will be required to leave the frontcountry by 5:45 p.m. each afternoon or they will be required to stay in parts outside the closed areas.
RICHLAND COUNTY, South Carolina – The National Park Service is advising visitors to Congaree State Park that they can expect a few temporary closures affecting the frontcountry over the coming week.
The agency said on Saturday that the closings will occur in the evening and at night and are necessary for facilities and resource management work.
“Park staff would like to thank visitors for their patience, understanding and support,” said Dr. David Shelley of the Park’s Resource Stewardship and Science Program.
The closings will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and will continue until 1 a.m. the following morning each.
The closure will bring the park entrance road south of Longleaf Campground, all trails north of Cedar Creek, including the Bluff Trail, Boardwalk, Sim’s Trail and Weston Lake Loop, and the area of the Harry Hampton visitor center including car parks and picnic area.
Park officials said all visitors must be off the trails and in the parking lot by 5:45 p.m.
Visitors can still visit the Bannister Bridge canoe access and South Cedar Creek canoe access during these evenings, but cannot paddle or hike the closed area.
Campers must also stay outside the gated area during these times, but can stay in the campground at a backcountry site south of Cedar Creek or from the canoe accesses.