Kings Mountain National Military Park
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.
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!
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.
Backcountry Hiking Trails
Together the National Military and State parks offer 16 miles of hiking trails.
There are three trails to choose from:
- Park Loop Trail- This 16 mile loop trail goes through both parks. Plan on spending a full day to hike this trail.
- 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.
- 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.
is only allowed at Garner Creek Campsite.
- 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. Registration is required.
- Site holds 10-12 people
The adjoining Kings Mountain State Park has a 116 site campground that is open year round. The state park offers tent, RV and group sites.
- Street: 2625 Park Rd., Off Hwy. 161
- City: Blacksburg, SC
- Telephone: 864-936-7921
- Hours: Open Daily 9am - 5pm, Weekends: 9am - 6pm, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
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