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Congaree National Park Pioneer Camping

The Basics:
Event Type:Multi-Sport
Event Location: 100 National Park Rd, Hopkins, SC 29061   Multi-Sport: Congaree National Park Pioneer Camping  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Oct 31 2019  10:00 am >> Sun, Nov 3 2019 11:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 9:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Sep 27 2019 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Oct 30 2019 11:00 am
Event Duration:3 Days 2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Grant Brown
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:9
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Congaree National Park is an amazing swampland near Columbia, SC that was inaugurated in 2003.  It has some gigantic old-growth cypress trees, a canoe trail along Cedar Creek, and numerous hikes through the upland forest areas as well as a substantial amount of boardwalks.

This will be an awesome pioneer camping/hiking/paddling experience in which participants will bring their own food, gear, and boat [if desired].  We have reserved Group Site #3 in the Longleaf Campground of the park.  This is a walk-in site that is located .3 miles from the parking lot.  The total of the campsite cost will be $3 per person.  You can just reimburse me directly at the event.  There are vault toilets at the parking lot.  There are no showers.  Water will be supplied in the form of water carriers that we will refill as needed at the visitors center station.  There is a regular bathroom at the visitors center that is open during the day.  The site has several picnic tables and a fire ring. 

We ask that each participant bring two bundles of firewood.  Due to the potential introduction of disease, firewood is strictly regulated by the park and the rules are:  Firewood must be USDA certified kiln dried and must stay shrink wrapped until placed on the fire.  You must retain your purchase receipt for the rangers.  You can buy this kind of wood at Lowes or Home Depot.  

We will be hiking and paddling!  You will have to bring your own boat and gear for paddling.  If you wish, there are many places to rent boats in Columbia, SC, you will just need to research and call those places and you would most likely have to transport your boat to and from the rental place.

-Boat Rental Vendors [once on the page, scroll down]

Live Music in camp!  Todd and I will happily play for you!  I will bring my bag-o-percussion and you can join in.  We encourage anyone who wants to sing too!  Feel free to bring an instrument.

Alternate schedule:  You are welcome to come up on Fri. or Sat.

-Congaree National Park Info

-A great website from Joe Kegley's WildlifeSouth whose picture appears above


Thursday, October 31:

10a - leave carpool location

1p - stop for lunch at some cool restaurant in Columbia, SC

3p - load in and set up in Group Site #3

7p - dinner

8p - live music/sing along/dancers

Friday, November 1:

8a - breakfast

10a - paddling on Cedar Creek Canoe Trail [bring a lunch]

4p - back to camp, hammock time!

7p - dinner

8p - music and dancing

Saturday, November 2:

8a - breakfast

10a - hike or paddle [bring lunch]


7p - dinner


8p - music and dancing

Sunday, November 3:

8a - breakfast/break camp

10a - short hike?

Required Items to Bring:

-First, please see the AOC event checklists to the right for hiking, car camping, and canoeing items

-all things necessary for pioneer camping on your own

-food:  3 breakfasts,  3 dinners, 2 lunches, snacks, beverages, water will be provided 

-if you wish to paddle:  boat, paddle, personal flotation device [required]

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

-a musical instrument including your voice!

-a variety of desserts to share : )

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Google Map directions from carpool location to the Congaree National Park Longleaf campground.

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):432Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $172.80 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.