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Directions to Congaree National Park

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LocMap Congaree National Park

LocMap Congaree National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Congaree National Park is in South Carolina, around 20 miles to the south of downtown Columbia. Here are some directions for you to find it, depending of course, on where you start out from and which direction you’re heading.

Driving from Columbia Metropolitan Airport – CAE – you can pick up a rental car from this airport, a mere 24 miles from Congaree National Park. Go right on the ramp at the airport exit following the sign for TO SC 302/Columbia, staying on this road (aka the John Hardee Expressway) to the end at SC 302 (aka Airport Blvd). Here you need to turn left onto SC 302 heading East toward Columbia, drive for around a mile before turning right onto I-26 East in the direction of Charleston. Drive to exit 116 then turn left onto I-77 North towards Charlotte, stay on I-77 for around 5 miles until you reach exit 5 then turn onto SC Hwy 48 East (aka Bluff Road) and follow the Congaree National Park signs, you can’t miss ’em, they’re big, brown and white. You need to head east for around 14 miles on Hwy 48 towards Gadsden before turning right to Mt. View Road, stay on this road for a little less than a mile  before turning right onto Old Bluff Road, drive for another half a mile or so and you should spot a large park entrance sign, the park entrance road is on the left then keep going for another mile or so until you reach the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. You should spot the parking lots at the right hand side.

It should take you a little longer than that, but you get the idea.

Driving to Congaree National Park from Spartanburg – a journey of around 115 miles. Follow I-26 East in the direction of Charleston as far as Exit 116 when you should turn onto I-77 North in the direction of Charlotte (take the left exit), stay on I-77 for another 5 miles or so as far as Exit 5, then turn onto SC Hwy 48 East (aka Bluff Road) and follow the Congaree National Park signs, you can’t miss ’em, they’re big, brown and white. You need to head east for around 14 miles on Hwy 48 towards Gadsden before turning right to Mt. View Road, stay on this road for a little less than a mile before turning right onto Old Bluff Road, drive for another half a mile or so and you should spot a large park entrance sign, the park entrance road is on the left then keep going for another mile or so until you reach the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. You should spot the parking lots at the right hand side.

Driving from Charleston – which is approximately 114 miles from Congaree National Park. Follow I-26 West in the direction of Spartanburg as far as Exit 116 when you need to turn onto I-77 North towards Charlotte, stay on the road for another 5 miles or so to Exit 5, then turn onto SC Hwy 48 East (aka Bluff Road) and follow the Congaree National Park signs, you can’t miss ’em, they’re big, brown and white. You need to head east for around 14 miles on Hwy 48 towards Gadsden before turning right to Mt. View Road, stay on this road for a little less than a mile before turning right onto Old Bluff Road, drive for another half a mile or so and you should spot a large park entrance sign, the park entrance road is on the left then keep going for another mile or so until you reach the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. You should spot the parking lots at the right hand side.

I bet you can’t wait to get there.

Driving from Charlotte – a 110 mile trip. Take the I-77 South for about 95 miles until you reach Exit 5, then turn onto SC Hwy 48 East (aka Bluff Road) and follow the Congaree National Park signs, you can’t miss ’em, they’re big, brown and white. You need to head east for around 14 miles on Hwy 48 towards Gadsden before turning right to Mt. View Road, stay on this road for a little less than a mile before turning right onto Old Bluff Road, drive for another half a mile or so and you should spot a large park entrance sign, the park entrance road is on the left then keep going for another mile or so until you reach the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. You should spot the parking lots at the right hand side.

Driving from St Matthews – Hwy 601 – stay on Hwy 601 North as far as the intersection with SC Hwy 48, (aka Bluff Road), turning left onto Bluff Road follow it for around 11 miles and you should see a large brown and white sign for Congaree National Park. As soon as you spot the sign turn left onto Mount View Road, stay on this road for 0.8 miles then turn right onto Old Bluff Road driving for another 0.6 miles. You’ll come across a large park entrance sign, you can’t miss it, anyway that’s your sign to turn left onto the park entrance road and carry on for another mile until you come across the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. You should spot the parking lots at the right hand side.

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