I'll let most of the photos speak for themselves. I downloaded them at full resolution, so click on them to see them at larger, more detailed size.
When we started the hike, the temperature was well below freezing. I strongly suggest that any visit to Congaree National Park be in cool or cold weather, as the mosquitoes and ticks are vicious and in the billions there.
Between a big tree and a bigger tree.
This forest is astounding. One of the finest tree canopies I've seen.
This one is a world champion.
As we headed out from the day-long hike, we had occasion to use a fallen giant as a bridge across a body of water.