Congaree boasts the tallest known specimens of 15 species of trees. A loblolly pine towers over the park at 167 feet, just 18 feet shy of the Boogerman white pine in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the tallest known tree in the East.
Among the other first-place record holders are:
Sweetgum at 157 feet feet
Cherrybark oak at 154 feet
American elm at 135 feet
Swamp chestnut oak at 133 feet
Overcup oak at 131 feet
Common persimmon at 127 feet
Laurel oak at 125 feet
This one has been on the list for a long time! It’s just never been in our travel path.
We were here in a 2.5 and we had to break out the bug jackets. I can only imagine what it’s like when the needle hits ‘War Zone’!
Into the Danger Zone
Little did we know that our walk down the boardwalk would take us into the mosquito danger zone.
This shot shows how bad the mosquitos were – we both had full bug jackets on and they were still hounding us.
It’s sad that they have to put up signs to remind people not to mess nature up.
Tree. Congaree National Park contains the largest remaining area of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.