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Winter storm left scars on SC's only national park

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 12:06 pm •  Published: February 21, 2014

HOPKINS, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's only national park is still recovering from the worst winter storm to hit the state in a decade.

Last week's ice storm toppled trees at Congaree National Park southeast of Columbia, shattering sections of the park's popular boardwalk and leaving trails strewn with debris.

It took rangers an entire day to cut a path through the fallen trees and limbs blocking the roads to the park visitor center.

The park has about 20 miles of trails and rangers still have not been able to get to all of them to assess damage.

The first priority is repairing the boardwalk but it may be some time until the work is completed. The park includes the largest expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the Southeast.


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