Congaree National Park owl

Exploring New Territory

Saturday, 26 September 2015, 9:30am-12:30pm

Friends will be travelling to the US 601 causeway to visit the park’s newest acquisition, a 263-acre tract within the 2003 boundary expansion. The tract has an established access road and several jeep trails leading to food plots, so it should be easy area to explore. We will have the opportunity to follow Bates Old River channel and visit the bank of the Congaree River. There may be other highlights to discover along the way—that’s the part of the reason for the trip. The hike should be no more than three miles, and a side trip to the park’s newly-opened Bates Ferry Trail to see the General Greene cypress is a definite option. We will meet at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center and carpool sixteen miles to the wide pull-out along the US 601 causeway at Sampson Island. Bring a lunch if you like, to enjoy along with the fine weather that always accompanies FCS field trips. Contact John Cely to register. Preference will be given to members of Friends of Congaree Swamp. 803-782-7450

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