Congaree National Park is transitioning to tent-only camping by improving its group and individual campsites.
In recent years, vehicle camping had been allowed in what is now call the Longleaf Campground, just off the entrance road. Under new regulations, visitors will not be allowed to camp there in any type of vehicle. Because some people planning ahead have been told they could camp in vehicles, a grace period will be in effect through the end of February.
The change comes after the National Park Service made improvements in both the Longleaf and the Bluff campgrounds. Longleaf has been expanded and reconfigured to accommodate four group camping sites and 10 individual sites. Bluff, which had formerly been used for group camping, now has six individual campsites.
All camping is first-come, first-served and free. Campers must get permits at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.
-- Joey Holleman