Does the phrase “astonishing biodiversity” get your attention? It might not be what you would expect to find in South Carolina necessarily, but that’s exactly what’s in store for you at Congaree National Park. You will find an extensive community of bottomland hardwood forest, with some state and national champion trees in the mix. Enjoy a number of hiking trails that range from just 0.6 miles to nearly 12 miles in length, as well as countless opportunities to boat and kayak. If you are interested in staying nearby, Columbia is only about 20 minutes away and offers multiple lodging and dining options.