Guided Walking Tours - 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
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 throughout the year.
Battle of Congaree Creek
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. These tours will be held on September 24, October 8, October 22, november 5 and November 19 at 10 am.
Colonial Fort Congaree
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. The Colonial Fort Congaree Tours start at 1 pm on October 8 and November 5.
Native American Lifeways
Our newest tour “Native American Lifeways” 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. The Native American Lifeways story will be introduced on September 24, October 22 and Novemer 19 at 1 p.m.
On November 19, there will be pre-tour activities starting at 12:15 that will include a history dance, Blessing of the Land Ceremony and Cherokee Path Talk. All are invited to attend.
Historical Lantern Tours
Lantern tours are about 90 minutes and are offered two or three times per year. The next tour is planned for February 15, which marks the Civil War Anniversary. Check back for more details and follow our Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/12000YearHistoryPark
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.
Wear comfortable shoes
Plenty of water