The Ultimate Congaree National Park Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

One of America's newer national parks, Congaree National Park is a bottomland forest on the Congaree River. Explore Congaree by kayak or canoe and see its abundant wildlife and many tree species. Check out our quiz for great ideas for a vacation in the wild.

In which U.S. state is Congaree National Park located?

Congaree National Park is located about 20 miles southeast of Columbia Airport in central South Carolina.

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In which year was Congaree National Park established?

Congaree National Park was established as a national park in 2003. It is a bottomland forest located on the Congaree River and is home to some of the tallest trees in the eastern United States.

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What is the best way to explore Congaree National Park?

The best way to explore Congaree National Park is by canoe or kayak. Be sure to bring your own equipment, since the park does not rent or provide them.

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What is the name of the visitor's center at Congaree National Park?

The name of the visitor's center at Congaree National Park is the Harry Hampton Visitor Center, and it is open daily, except for Christmas Day, December 25.

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What is the admission fee at Congaree National Park?

Admission is free at Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

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Which of the following must be obtained before camping out in Congaree National Park's campgrounds?

In order to camp out at either the After Hours Campsite or the Bluff Campsite at Congaree National Park, visitors must first obtain a free camping permit at the Harry Hampton Visitor Center.

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Congaree National Park is designated an International Biosphere _____ because of the hundreds of species of plants and animals found on its land.

Because of the hundreds of species of plants and animals found in the Congaree National Park and supported by its ecosystem, the park is designated an International Biosphere Reserve.

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Which unusual bird makes its home in the forests of Congaree National Park?

The red-headed woodpecker is one of the many unusual species that inhabit the forests of Congaree National Park. You may also see the white-tailed deer, skinks and brown water snakes

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How many species of trees grow in the forests of Congaree National Park?

The 75 species of trees that grow in the bottomland forests of Congaree National Park support a diverse range of animals, including bobcats and box turtles.

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Which of the following species of trees are found in the forests of Congaree National Park?

Among the many different species of trees found in the forests of Congaree National Park, you will find cypress, pine, laurel oak, American holly, tupelo and paw paw.

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How many national champion trees (the largest of their species) can you find at Congaree National Park?

There are four national champion trees at Congaree National Park. One of them is a loblolly pine that stands 167 feet (50.9 meters) tall.

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Which 1989 hurricane was responsible for felling some of the tallest trees in Congaree National Park?

Some of the tallest trees in Congaree National Park were felled by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Many trees in the park are over 140 feet tall and have 3-to-4-foot trunk diameters.

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How many varieties of snakes are there in Congaree National Park?

There are 19 snake varieties in Congaree National Park, including poisonous ones like the cottonmouth, the copperhead, the canebrake rattlesnake and the coral snake.

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What purpose do cypress "knees," found in proximity to cypress trees, serve?

Although we really don't know what purpose the cypress knees serve, some people speculate that they help aerate the roots of the cypress trees.

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How long does it take to navigate the Oakridge Trail?

It takes about four hours to navigate the Oakridge Trail, which crosses a stretch of old-growth forest containing many large oak trees.

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The _____ Trail, popular with wildlife enthusiasts, passes through a remote section of Congaree National Park.

The King Snake Trail, popular with wildlife enthusiasts, passes through a remote section of Congaree National Park. You may spot deer and raccoon, as well as the occasional Swainson's warbler.

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Which type of mammals can be found in Congaree National Park?

The many mammals that can be found in Congaree National Park include river otters, bobcats, mule deer, opossums, flying squirrel and wild boar.

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Which Spanish explorer passed through the area of Congaree National Park in 1540?

Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto passed through the area of Congaree National Park in 1540, and wrote about its wildlife in his journals.

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Which European disease killed most of the native Congaree Indians?

Smallpox killed most of the native Congaree Indians when settlers arrived from Europe in the 17th century. Their lands were taken over by the Europeans, who tried to establish farms.

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A floodplain is flat or nearly flat land adjacent to a stream or river that is flooded during heavy rains. How many acres of floodplain exist in the American South today?

Though there were once 1,110,000 acres (4492 square kilometers) of floodplain in the American South, today Congaree National Park encompasses 11,000 (45 square kilometers) of the surviving 13,000 (53 square kilometers) acres of southern bottomland forest.

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