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10. Congaree National Park, South Carolina

Before Congaree became the first national park in South Carolina in 2003, it was known as the Congaree Swamp National Monument. The Congaree River flows through the marshy region, which contains the largest intact remains of floodplain forests on the continent. The park is about 20 miles from Columbia, the capital, which is in central South Carolina. Visitors in 2009 (through August): 63,068 More info: http://www.nps.gov/cosw Pictured: Weston Lake
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