Congaree National Park inviting dogs

jholleman@thestate.comApril 1, 2013 

In an effort to stress its dog-friendly attitude, Congaree National Park this month will begin offering a ranger-guided hike for people and their pets.

Because dogs aren’t allowed on the park’s boardwalks, some dog owners might think they aren’t allowed on the other trails. Leashed dogs are allowed on the dirt or gravel trails, according to Lauren Gurniewicz, chief of interpretation at the park.

During the 2.4-mile Bark in the Park hike, the rangers will talk about how people and animals have interacted with the forest over time. The best-behaved dog will take home an official “Bark Ranger” bandana.

The first four Bark in the Park hikes are scheduled for April 13, May 4, May 11 and May 18. They are limited to 10 participants, so call ahead for reservations at (803) 776-4396.

Joey Holleman

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