Kings Mountain National Military Park

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Things To Do

Kings Mountain National Military Park offers plenty to do for both the historian in you and the nature enthusiast alike. For the historian plan on spending at least 2.5 hours to take in all the history the park has to offer. For the nature enthusiast spend as little or as much time as you like exploring our hiking trails or maybe spend the night in our backcountry campsite.

 

Battle Enthusiast

The following are offered to help you get a better understanding of this important battle.

Film "Battle for Kings Mountain"
Our 26 minute film is a good place to begin your visit. The film is produced by the History Channel and gives a really great overview of the battle. The film shows every 45 minutes.

Museum
The newly renovated museum features state of the art exhibits. Upon entering the exhibit area you will see an original Ferguson Rifle, one of very few in museum collections. The museum is designed to replicate an old growth forest, with several trees talking as they tell the story of the battle and the people involved. Many artifacts are displayed throughout the museum. It is a must see!

Battlefield Trail
The 1.5 mile self-guiding walking trail allows the visitor to see both perspectives of the battlefield. It starts by winding below the northern slope of the ridge where a portion of the Patriot forces assaulted the ridge top. The trail turns back across the ridge where the Loyalists forces surrendered. Wayside exhibits around the trail highlight battle events. The Centennial Monument, U.S. Monument and Ferguson's Grave are key features along the trail. 

The trail is foot travel only with the exception of motorized wheelchairs. Although the trail is paved, it is steep in places. Benches are located along the trail.

Recreation

Walking Trail
Battlefield Trail - The 1.5 mile self-guiding walking trail allows the visitor to see both perspectives of the battlefield. Wayside exhibits around the trail highlight battle events. The Centennial Monument, U.S. Monument and Ferguson's Grave are key features along the trail.

This paved trail is foot travel only with the exception of motorized wheelchairs. Although the trail is paved it is steep in places. People in wheelchairs should use extreme caution. Benches are located around the trail.

Backcountry Hiking Trails
Together the National Military and State parks offer 16 miles of hiking trails. 
There are three trails to choose from:

  1. Park Loop Trail- This 16 mile loop trail goes through both parks. Plan on spending a full day to hike this trail. 
  2. Browns Mountain Trail-  A 2.5 mile trail from the visitor center to Browns Mountain. This is not a loop trail. You must backtrack to get back to the visitor center. A total hike of 5 miles.
  3. Clarks Creek (Lake Crawford)- A 3 mile trail from the visitor center to Lake Crawford (located in State Park). This is not a loop trail. You must backtrack to get back to the visitor center. A total hike of 6 miles.

Hikers must register at the visitor center before hiking on backcountry trails.

Horse Trails
16 miles of horse trails cross through both the National Military and State parks. Horses are not provided. For more information contact Kings Mountain State Park.

Camping
Camping is allowed at Garner Creek Campsite only. A three (3) mile hike is required to access the campsite. Visitors must obtain a permit (free) from the visitor center before using the site. The campsite is first come first served, no reservations will be taken. Site holds 10-12 people. Registration is required.

Birding
The park is an ideal place to view many species of birds. Trails within the park lead to higher, drier areas like Browns Mountain, where the highflying hawks and vultures can best be seen. Trails also lead to lower, larger streams with various wood warblers nearby. Trails leading into the adjacent Kings Mountain State Park pass lakes with waterfowl and pastures where many birds feed.

 

Nearby Attractions

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Cowpens National Battlefield
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Carl Sandburg National Historic Site
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Congaree National Park
803-776-4396 115 miles

Blue Ridge Parkway
828-298-0398 100 miles

Guilford Courthouse NMP
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Ninety Six NHS
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Local Sites
Kings Mountain State Park
803-222-3209
Clover, SC 3 miles

Crowders Mountain State Park
704-853-537
Gastonia, NC 10 miles

Schiele Museum of Natural History
704-866-6908
Gastonia, NC 20 miles

Historic Brattonsville
803-684-2327
McConnells, SC 30 miles

Historic Camden
803-432-9841
Camden, SC 90 miles