Congaree national park

Congaree will keep high boardwalk closed until replacement

March 19, 2014 

Congaree National Park draws visitors who want to walk among its tall trees.

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The section of the high boardwalk at Congaree National Park shut down because of ice storm damage won’t be reopened before summer, park officials said Wednesday.

Three major sections were knocked out by falling trees during February’s ice storm in the portion of the boardwalk running from Weston Lake back to the Bluff Trail. Funds already had been approved to replace that entire section this year, and park leaders decided it didn’t make sense to repair the old section just before it was to be replaced.

The work to replace the entire section now will begin in April and continue into the summer. During that construction period, visitors won’t be able to complete the full, 2.4-mile boardwalk loop. But hikers can do a smaller loop, using the dirt Sims Trail as a substitute for the high boardwalk.

For now, hikers will need to step over at least one fallen tree still across the Sims Trail, so it isn’t suitable for wheelchairs.

Joey Holleman

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