HOPKINS -- 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.
A sign at Congaree National Park near Columbia warns park visitors about damage from a recent ice storm. The ice storm that moved through South Carolina Feb. 11-13 was the worst in the state in a decade. It caused widespread damage at the park, the only national park in the state, and has closed sections of the park’s popular boardwalk.×
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