Kings Mountain State Park

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Kings Mountain State Park

South Carolina

(803) 222-3209

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Overview

The Kings Mountain State Park is of historical importance because it was built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. There is something for everyone at Kings Mountain, which offers miles of trails, equestrian facilities, group camping barracks, campgrounds, and two fishing lakes with boat rentals. The popular Living History Farm is also a haven for history lovers, which offers exhibits and information that tell the story of the area. The farm is a realistic replica of a typical Piedmont farm from the early to mid 1800s. The farm's buildings include a house, barn and gin, along with gardens and animals. Here you will find cows, chickens and friendly cats. Guests from near and far flock to this site, which has regularly scheduled special event. The park also is adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, which is the site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle. Make this your destination today!

Map of Kings Mountain (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.132216, -81.364493

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating and Boat Access: Private boats are not allowed in the park lakes; however, non-motorized fishing boats are available to rent at Lake York. Canoe Rentals: Seasonal rental pedal boats and canoes are offered at the nine-acre Lake Crawford. Check with the park for availability. Boat Rentals: Non-motorized fishing boats rent for a fee.

  • Camping

    Tent and RV camping available. You must make a reservation request directly through the park if you request less than 1 day before check-in. •Camping Information: Each site is packed gravel and includes individual water and electrical hookups. Several sites accommodate RV's up to 40 feet. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers.

    While tent campers may use the main camping area, the park offers a designated tent site area which includes central water.

  • Fishing

    Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, crappie and catfish from a rental jon boat in the park's 65-acre Lake York. A South Carolina fishing license is required. Bank fishing is not allowed.

  • Hiking

    The moderately difficult, 16-mile Kings Mountain Hiking NRT loop offers some gorgeous hiking through rolling hills and granite outcroppings not far from Charlotte. The site of a famous Revolutionary War battle, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the adjoining Kings Mountain State Park are popular destinations. The parks sit in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they seem somewhat out-of-place with the area's other gently rolling terrain. Small mountains called monadnocks jut above the surrounding flatland and offer enjoyable views. The trail itself winds through hardwood forest and along a stream toward the Kings Mountain battlefield, passing a fire tower and horse trail on two occasions. The visitor center at the National Military Park offers easy access, but the parking lot closes at 5 p.m.

    This easy 1.2-mile loop trail begins at the picnic area in Kings Mountain State Park and is one the whole family would enjoy. There are various interpretive signs along the trail, which will educate you about the local wildlife, vegetation, and history. The area surrounding the trail is a dense hardwood forest with a floor covered in lush vegetation, which is especially beautiful during spring when colorful flowering trees and bushes are in full bloom. The local wildlife you may see includes deer, rabbits, wild turkey, and other various birds.

  • Historic Sites

    Please contact the main number for more information.

  • Horseback Riding

    This easy to moderately difficult 20-mile loop trail begins in Kings Mountain State Park and circles into Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle. The surface is primarily flat with some rocky areas and some clay spots. A local saddle club takes care to watch over the trails and ensure solid footing on some of the ridge climbs. Both parks offer gorgeous riding through rolling hills and granite outcroppings not far from Charlotte, NC The parks sit in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ride Mountains, but they seem somewhat out-of-place with the area's other gently rolling terrain. Small mountains called manodnocks jut above the surrounding flatland and offer spectacular views. Horses must be shod. Insect repellent is recommended during warm months

  • Picnicking

    Picnic Area and Shelters: Five picnic shelters are available for family or other group gatherings

Seasonality/Weather

Office Hours: 11am-noon & 4-5 pm Monday-Friday; Days and Hours of Operation: M-Su 8am-6pm (extended from 7am to 9pm during Daylight Savings Time)

Directions

Driving

From I-85: Take exit 8, turn left onto Hwy 161, go across NC/SC state line and park entrance will be on the right.

From I-77:Take exit for Hwy 5 toward Rock Hill. Follow Hwy 5 through Rock Hill to York. In York, turn N onto Hwy 321, then bear left onto Hwy 161, entrance will be on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(803) 222-3209

Campground reservations

(866) 345-7275

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