SC's only national park to get $2.7M to buy land

South Carolina's only national park plans to expand again.

The State of Columbia reports that Congaree National Park will use nearly $2.7 million of federal money pay off the purchase of one tract of land, and start paying for an additional 1,840 acres.

The new land will link the park to the Wateree River and could eventually lead to an entrance to the park off U.S. Highway 601.

Park superintendent Tracy Swartout says the new land will help the park protect the rivers southeast of Columbia.

The new land would expand Congaree National Park to about 26,500 acres, and along with adjacent undeveloped property would give wildlife an open corridor of nearly 30 miles of river.