The mid-May flooding has subsided enough that all of the trails are open at Congaree National Park, and this sunny but relatively cool weekend would be a good time to head out into the flood plain forest.
Even at the peak of the highest floodwaters in nearly a decade, the parks elevated boardwalk remained open. Now, the lower boardwalk and all of the hiking trails are open, though there are some muddy spots in the Oak Ridge and River trails.
The flooding did no severe damage, according to park officials. In fact, occasional flooding is required to bring nutrients to the parks plant and animal residents. The parks visitor center, at 100 National Park Road off Bluff Road in southern Richland County, is open 9 a.m-5 p.m. daily. Theres no admission charge.
-- Joey Holleman