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Summary

The Longleaf Campground in Congaree National Park is situated in a mixed pine/hardwood upland forest surrounded by wildlife. Campers can explore the 27 miles of trails, launch into the old-growth forest via canoe or kayak and experience nearby attractions such as museums and city parks. Tent-only camping is available with vault toilets, fire rings, picnic tables and trash receptacles.

Overview

This campground is located just off the park entrance road, approximately ½ mile before the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, in a mixed pine/hardwood upland forest. This campground is located at a higher elevation than the floodplain and is not subject to the flooding events that occur regularly in other parts of the park. 

Recreation

Campers with reservations at the Longleaf Campground have easy access to the park’s 27 miles of hiking trails. Campers can reach the Harry Hampton Visitor Center by car or by hiking on the Longleaf Trail. At the visitor center you can access the Boardwalk and find information on other trails to plan your trip into the old-growth forest of Congaree National Park. Those who would like to explore and experience Congaree via canoe or kayak can launch from one of the park's two landings, located between 5-10 minutes by car from the campground. 

Facilities

• Camping at this campground is tent only.

• Camp sites do not accommodate vehicles. All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking lot, and campers must walk a short distance to reach their reserved site.

• This campground does not permit RV/car camping.

• All sites have fire rings and picnic tables.

• This campground does not provide electric/water/sewer hook-ups.

• This campground has two vault toilets located next to the parking area. 

• Running water is not available at this campground. Potable water is available at filling stations 24/7 at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

• Receptacles for trash and/or recycling are available near the campground parking lot. 

Natural Features

Located in a mixed pine/hardwood upland forest, campsites are surrounded by pines and other trees. Campsites are generally in shade for large parts of the day. An open field in the middle of the campground is available for use by campers throughout the day, and this location offers campers excellent opportunities for observing wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and the occasional southern fox squirrel. 

Nearby Attractions

Congaree National Park is located near many attractions including state parks, forests and parks. The city of Columbia is a short drive from the park and offers access to many attractions including museums, city parks and shopping.

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