|Address:||2625 Park Rd, Blacksburg, SC 29702, USA|
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Rude staff, nice land. One star for help/printed materials re: the park trails. Four stars for the path (minus a star because the blazes were irregular, on fallen trees or too far apart). Signage is bad. Im not a particularly good navigator but can get around if there are maps to be had. Looked at some of the posted maps and there was nothing to take with on my hike. Had to go to the "Trading Post" to ask. Person at the desk took one look at my leashed dog and said, "NO DOGS". I understand but when I asked for a map, he didnt even come around the desk to give it to me. Instead, he just stood there trying to hand it to me across the width of the store. So I had to ask if I could bring the dog in to receive the map. This caused a big sigh as he had to haul his hide around the desk to give the map to me. This behavior might have been forgivable if there was ANYONE else around but this guy was literally staring at nothing when I opened the door. Also might have been forgivable if he was afraid of dogs, which he clearly wasnt since he came around the desk instead of keeping it between himself and my tethered animal. The hike was good (blue trail) but I got twisted around a couple of times because the blazes were not visible. I found more than a couple on trees that were fallen and because there was irregular distance between blazes got "lost" a couple of times as I thought I was following a path that wasnt my path. The trail head wasnt particularly visible until I got down next to the dam. All in all, good hike, bad taste of the park generally.
I am a travel writer for National Park Planner and I visited Kings Mountain in April 2014. Located in Blacksburg, South Carolina, Kings Mountain National Military Park preserves the site of an American Revolution battle that took place on October 7, 1780. The battle was an American victory and it is considered a turning point in the war. Starting in 1778, the British focused their efforts on stopping the rebellion in the southern colonies and had a string of successes. With a losing record, the Patriots were finding it hard to recruit new supporters and soldiers. The victory at Kings Mountain let those unsure of which side to support know that the Patriots could actually win and recruiting became a little easier. The park is comprised of a Visitor Center that houses an information desk, museum, and theater where you can watch a 26 minute film about the battle. A 1.5 mile, paved path takes visitors through the battlefield. A separate 16 mile hiking trail lies partially in the park as it forms a loop between the Military Park and the adjacent Kings Mountain State Park. One primitive backcountry campsite is available free of charge. Full service camping can be found in the State Park. For complete park information and plenty of quality photos, please visit National Park Planner (npplan).
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This gem is a must see! Conveniently located off of I-85. We visited the park during the anniversary of the battle and enjoyed a latern tour of the 1 1/2 mi paved battlefield trail. The reenactors and tour guides were incredible. It really brought this historical event to life. I agree with the previous review...I had chillbumps and tears by the end. All this and the total cost was FREE! They have a hike-in campsite but we chose to stay at Kings Mountain State Park which adjoins the National Park. Both are hidden gems you do not want to miss.
I loved coming here as a child and I bring my kids to it now. Exceptional tour guides and lots of trails to explore. Several memorial monuments and theres even a living history farm there with corn cribs, log cabins, a blacksmith and actors in period clothing. You get to see how we lived in the Carolinas during the Revolutionary period. Theres a campground if you like to camp. All the activities, camping etc is all free. Awesome way to spend the weekend with the family and get a history lesson in the process!
Great park with a lot of history, its a revolutionary war park. The park has plenty of parking and things to do. That main battlefield trail is paved (but its very steep at parts, so be prepared for a good hike) and if you dont do a ranger guided tour you can call a number and have an automated phone guided tour. Theres a lot of activities at the park so check the official website to see what alls going on. They have a gift shop and film in the main building. This park is a must visit!
Step one: Bought an America the Beautiful Senior Citizen Federal Parks Pass. Easy to do and a BARGAIN at $10 for myself and 3 others in my car. Road trips galore in the future for this multigenerational family! We visited late in the day and were here as a follow-up to a school trip. Looking forward to returning next week. The Rangers were welcoming and very informative...left us wanting more!
The significance of this battle of Kings Mountain is that early america came very close becoming a British society. We home school and I came away amazed at the resolve of a people to protect their families and property all based on a threat of a military officer to do the locals harm .I will definitely study this more and recommend this to adults and anyone with children,
Under-appreciated park just a half hour from Charlotte. The park grounds are well maintained with a very nice visitor center, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the educational programs are excellent. The battle at Kings Mountain is a little known, but crucially important piece of American history...definitely check out this park if youre in the Charlotte area.
The park is beautiful and informative with nice walking trails and informational boards about the battle that occurred at Kings Mountain. The staff were friendly and helpful - the movie usually shows at set times but my grandmother and I asked to see it and they made an announcement and started it up for us. I will be returning in the future to explore more of the trails.
Enjoyed the activities commemorating the anniversary of the battle that changed the tide of the revolution. The walking path is very nice as you are walking through the very woods the patriots were fighting from. I think I like this site a little more than Ninety Six. Ill be making this an annual event. If you come, bring a rock to leave on Fergusons grave.
Beautiful scenery in a place that was arguably the turning point to the outcome of the Revolutionary War. Courteous and helpful staff. Displays and museum do a decent job of explaining the site and setting the mood. from what little we saw of the trails they looked to be well worth exploring. Would like to return for a more in depth look.
This is a true gem. This location played a pivotal role in the outcome of the Revelutionary War, which is depicted on placards all along a most scenic walk. Additionally, there are beautiful monuments, a paved walkway and trails throughout the area. Great for a day or a destination vacation.
Nice national park. The visitors center is nice with a small museum and 40min or so video about the park and battle that took place. The restrooms are clean and the hiking trails are well kept. The visitors center is closed on Sundays, not sure about the trails though.