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* <see name="Congaree National Park" alt="" address="100 National Park Road" phone="+1-(803)-776-4396" phoneextra="" tollfree="" fax="+1-(803)-783-4241" email="" url="http://www.nps.gov/cosw/" price="Entrance and tours are free" hours="The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open from 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM. During daylight savings time (DST), the Harry Hampton Visitor Center will be open until 7:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays" hoursextra="Closed Christmas Day" lat="" long="" tags="">Located about twenty miles south of the city, [[Congaree National Park]], the nation's newest, doesn't even have admission gates yet, leaving you the pleasure of federally-protected landscape without the price. One of the last old-growth forests in the southeast, the swamp actually isn't a swamp at all, but a floodplain of the nearby Congaree River. Wild pigs, deer, turkey, alligators, and other wildlife abound; the largest cypresses in the world are located here. The cypress knees and tupelo trees create something that looks like a set of Lord of the Rings. The boardwalk is several miles long and handicapped accessible; the park contains great hiking trails and even the opportunity for canoeing (rent in Columbia). The visitor's center has useful information and a helpful staff, but if you're planning on returning to your car after five, be sure to leave it in the overnight parking lot near the entrance of the park. </see>