The 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek in Cayce, South Carolina is a unique, stunningly beautiful site full of natural resources. In just one square mile, there is proof of 12,000 years of habitation including civil war and revolutionary war history.
History walks, which are approximately 2 miles, begin at the dirt parking lot just past the Cayce Tennis Center (1120 Fort Congaree Trail in Cayce). We recommend that you use the restroom at the Tennis Center since there are no restroom facilities currently in the parking lot. We also recommend that you wear comfortable shoes, bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. All walks and programs are led by volunteers trained by the National Park Service.
12khp History Walk Schedule
Summer programs are on Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting on June 1. Battle of Congaree Creek walks are the first Saturday of each month, and the First Fort Congaree walks are the third Saturday each month.
Please check out our current schedule for current and upcoming walks.
Civil War Battle of Congaree Creek
It’s 1865 and General William T. Sherman has just cut a swath of destruction across Georgia and now has eyes on South Carolina. As Sherman said, “I almost tremble for her (SC) fate, but feel that she deserves all that seems in store for her.” Forces will collide at the Battle of Congaree Creek. Learn about Sherman’s march to Columbia that culminated in the City’s destruction.
First Fort Congaree
A massacre, murder and a kidnapping! These great stories are part of the Fort Congaree program! Walk to the 1718 Old Fort Congaree site and learn about the struggles of the colonial settlers and the South Carolina Native Americans. Delve into the Deerskin Economy, then travel forward in time to Fort Congaree 2 and Fort Granby.
Native American Lifeways
Native Americans played a strategic role in the economy and welfare of the Carolina Colony. Walk the beautiful trails at the 12,000 Year History Park to learn more about their role here and how the historic resources of the park are relevant to the lives and culture of Native peoples today, including the Cherokees and Catawbas.
There are at least 12 archaeological-significant sites on the property. The diversity of cultural and historical richness at the 12,000 Year History Park is significant and unique throughout our local and regional areas as well as the State of South Carolina.
Private group programs are also available.