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Cedar Creek (Congaree NP): Cedar Creek Landing

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Cedar Creek (Congaree NP): Cedar Creek Landing

Skill Level: Easy
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Rapids: None
Length: 1.0 miles
Duration: 1 - 5 hours
Portaging: No
What to Expect

Good park and paddle opportunity in Congaree National Park on a blackwater creek provides solitude for viewing wildlife and a bottomland forest ecosystem. Paddlers may see a large variety of birds, wildlife and vegetation. River otters are common along some sections of Cedar Creek.

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Cedar Creek Landing
Access Details

Gravel parking area with a hand-carry boat launch. Camping available at Congaree National Park.

Trip Details

Paddlers can use this access and paddle either up or downstream. The stream alternates between tight and winding to open, lake-like sections. Many species of birds are common, as well as river otters. Some trees may be fallen across the stream, requiring portage. Use caution when navigating or portaging around fallen trees. 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.

The National Park offers guided canoe tours. Check the park website or contact the park for more information.

For those looking to rent a canoe or kayak and paddle on your own, a number of outfitters in Columbia have rentals. 

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JoAnn Sanders
Feb 28, 2021 9:47 pm EST
I am so Proud of my Dad who was Born and Raise at Cedar Creek SC. His name was Albert Jerry Sanders Sr.
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swamp at high water (Credit: TA)
Cedar Creek (Credit: Will Green)
(Credit: National Park Service - Congaree National Park)
Cedar Creek Canoe Launch (Credit: Tanner Arrington)
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Parking - Dedicated Lot
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Handicap Accessible
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