Congaree River – Columbia, South Carolina
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This river, just 47 miles in length, takes its name from the Congaree Indians who once inhabited its shores. The Columbia skyline can be seen from this urban oasis that invites visitors to rock hop and kayak its flowing waters.
The short river begins in the capital city with the confluence of the Saluda River and the Broad River. The Three Rivers Greenway in Cayce provides public access where one can enjoy watching these scenic rivers merge.
Downstream, joining with the Wateree River just above Lake Marion, the Congaree and Wateree together form the Santee River. The Santee River then flows through the coastal plains and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
The Congaree River flows through Congaree National Park in Hopkins, about 20 miles southeast of the capital city. The 22,000-acre park is the largest tract of old growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the United States.
Below is a view of the Norfolk Southern Railroad truss bridge over the Congaree River as seen from the Three Rivers Greenway. The CSX line behind it also crosses the river and runs parallel to the truss bridge.
Reflections on the Congaree River
Contributor Malini Gupta, who provided two of the above photos, shares, “We got our first car and were excited to go for our first drive. So we drove to Cayce, which is maybe a ten minute drive from where we stayed….and got a glimpse of this whole new world. I never knew Columbia was endowed with this natural sparkle!”
Congaree River Info
Address: Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29204
GPS Coordinates: 33.995176,-81.052366
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