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Cedar Creek (Congaree NP): Bannister Bridge to Cedar Creek Landing

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Cedar Creek (Congaree NP): Bannister Bridge to Cedar Creek Landing

Skill Level: Moderate
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Rapids: None
Length: 6.0 miles
Duration: 4 - 6 hours
Portaging: Yes
What to Expect

Good day paddle through Congaree National Park on a blackwater creek provides solitude and adventure. Paddlers travel past oaks and immense loblolly pines of near record proportions growing on either side of the creek.

Access
Put in:
Bannister Bridge Landing
Access Details

Gravel parking area with a hand-carry boat launch.

Take out:
Cedar Creek Landing
Access Details

Gravel parking area with a hand-carry boat launch.

Trip Details

Cedar Creek starts out narrow and gradually widens as you travel downstream. At the halfway point, the creek passes near Wise Lake, a former channel of the Congaree River, which is accessible when water levels are higher. The trail ends at Cedar Creek Landing, which is marked by an iron bridge over the creek. The upper portion of this paddle is likely to have fallen trees that can create obstacles across the stream, which gives this paddle an intermediate rating. Use caution when navigating or portaging around fallen trees. Paddle times vary depending on flow and the number of obstacles along the stream. The Congaree National Park website has more information on the park and the paddling trail. You can call (803) 776-4396 for current conditions in the park. The Cedar Creek USGS streamflow gage gives current flow conditions, which can be compared to this chart for expected conditions.

Comments (2)

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Julie Lindley
Aug 04, 2019 9:43 am EDT
If you don’t enjoy getting out of your kayak and climbing over trees in a swamp this is not the paddle for you! If you don’t mind portaging your kayak multiple times in a short period go for this trip! I really wish someone would come in with a chainsaw and make this route more passable because it truly is a beautiful creek. Just watch out for snakes and spiders and mosquitos. Bring repellent!
Michael Caldwell
Mar 30, 2019 7:54 am EDT
Good paddle, bring a map and pay attention. Lots of snakes and many portages.
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Spring Shed Ahead (Credit: The Outdoorsy Lens LLC, JoAnn Johnson)
Peace Between Portages (Credit: JoAnn Johnson, TheOutdoorsyLens.com)
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Access Amenities
Parking - Dedicated Lot
Parking - Roadside
Restroom / Toilets
Fee Required
Handicap Accessible
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