Karl and I were in Augusta Georgia for an extended weekend for one of his best friend's wedding in which he was a groomsmen. Georgia in April is H-O-T. I spent almost all of my life living in the south, but after a year in Utah I forgot how hot and humid it could be. (My hair was a mess all weekend). It was refreshing to get some sun though!
Since Karl was a groomsmen and the wedding wasn't til the evening on Saturday, I needed to find a way to fill my day. After dropping Karl off for groomsmen festivities, I pulled up my Apple Maps. One of my favorite ways to find parks and monuments nearby that might not pull up in a Google search is to zoom in and out on the maps until I find something of interest. I came across Congaree National Park in South Carolina (about an hour and a half from Augusta, GA) - a NP that I had never heard of!
I drove from Augusta to Congaree via Columbia, SC in a little less than an hour and half. Upon arriving, I went into the Visitor Center to show my parks pass only to find out this is a fee free park! I grabbed a map and headed out on the Boardwalk Loop Trail - 2.4 miles.
Since the park lies on floodplains, everything is very flat. Congaree is actually the largest tract of bottomland hardwood forest. The particular trail I chose was on a boardwalk constructed over the plains. There are benches along the way for enjoying the scenery. Congaree is very lush! I also saw tons of lizards/geckos/salamanders (I cannot tell the difference).
I didn't have very much time too spend here as I had to be back in time to get ready to attend the wedding - however I did notice that you can rent kayaks/canoes and tour the flooded areas!