Congaree National Park is located in central South Carolina outside of Columbia, the state's capital. Congaree National Park preserves the largest area of old growth floodplain forest in the US. The seasonal flooding of the Congaree River, combined with undisturbed forest creates a unique ecosystem of champion tress, diverse flora and wild life. In the uplands, large pine trees dominate the ecosystem. Congaree is often call the "redwoods of the east" because it is home to astonishingly large trees. The largest tree in the park is a 16 storey Lobloly Pine Tree. In low lying areas Cyprees tress with sprawling large knees create a landscape for turtles, river otters, and fishing spiders. Are crew is stationed at Congaree, we received our training from Congaree's staff and live in park housing when were not traveling to other sites in the South East. Congaree is a great home base.