South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve
Property LocationSaint Matthews, SC 29135
Latitude: 33.749 Longitude:-80.705
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
Regulation No. 123-204 C
Heritage preserves are open for public use from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
Activities / Facilities
The Congaree Bluffs Heritage Preserve comprises 201 acres and contains steep, undisturbed bluffs bordering the Congaree River. Located in Calhoun County, the preserve harbors significant stands of American beech, oak-hickory and bottomland hardwood forest. The upland areas of the preserve are being restored to longleaf pine. No comparable sites exist in the coastal plain of South Carolina. There are several other sites nearby on private lands, but these areas, along with the preserve, are unique. Similar systems in and around the Florida Panhandle have been documented to have the greatest number of trees per unit area within the temperate forest of the eastern United States. More than 100 species of trees, shrubs and woody vines exist in the preserve from the ridge base to the crest of the bluffs. Woody plants may number 200 species.