Congaree National Park increasing access to campgrounds, bookstore

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Congaree National Park is increasing access and services.

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning August 22 Congaree National Park will reopen access to all sites at the Bluff Campground, and half of the sites at the Longleaf Campground. Beginning August 27, sales will resume at America’s National Parks bookstore, located in the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. The bookstore will be open Thursday through Sunday, from 9 am to 4 pm.

In addition, the following spaces continue to be available: Boardwalk Trail, park hiking trails, Cedar Creek Canoe Trail and canoe launches, picnic shelter, restrooms and the outdoor visitor information station at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed: The Harry Hampton Visitor Center auditorium.

The health and safety of visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. At Congaree National Park, the operational approach continues to be centered on examining each facility function and service to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and are regularly monitored. The park continues to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public areas and workspaces are safe and clean.

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on

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