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Free, family-friendly guided walking tours of Congaree Creek. National Park Service-trained volunteers lead you through an amazing natural, cultural, historical and archaeologically significant tour.

Sponsored by the 12,000 Year History Park Working Group, the City of Cayce and the River Alliance, the following 2-mile, hour-long tours are offered on Saturdays throughout the year.

Battle of Congaree Creek: March 11 and 18, April 1 to May 13 at 10 a.m.

Battlefield tours include stops along the way that feature history of the 1865 battle, as well as stories of soldier and civilian accounts of what happened during the burning of Columbia.

Colonial Fort Congaree: March 11, March 18 April 1 and April 29 at 1 p.m.

The Colonial Fort Congaree tour will focus on the story of the 1718 to 1722 frontier fort and trading post and the multi-ethnic groups that came together at Congaree Creek as well as stories of traders, Indian agents, slaves and more.

Native American Lifeways: March 25, April 8 and May 13 at 1 p.m.

Provides interesting insights on the lifeways and strategic roles Native Americans played in the economy and welfare of the Carolina colony and later periods. It also demonstrates how historic resources of the park are relevant to the lives and culture of Native peoples today, including the Cherokees, Catawbas, and other living groups.

Natural History: March 25 at 10 a.m., April 15 and May 6 at 1 p.m.

Learn about the natural landscape of the park within the Congaree River floodplain and how people have adapted to and used the area’s natural setting through the years.

Historical Lantern Tour: April 22 at 6:30 p.m.

Lantern tours are about 90 minutes and are offered two or three times per year. A Native American Lifeways Lantern Tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. See above for details.

Tour Guidelines

Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

It is a 2-mile walking tour that takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours. There will be some areas with uneven ground. Bicycles, other walkers and runners will be on the trail as well. There are no rest areas on the trail. Restrooms are in the Tennis Center.

We recommend:

  • Wear comfortable shoes

  • Hat

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Plenty of water

Alert tour guide of any known allergies (such as bee stings, etc.). If allergy requires an epi pen or something similar, please alert guide. For school tours or children’s group tours, please bring 1 chaperone for every 5 students.

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