Description - Kings Mountain National Military Park commemorates a pivotal and significant victory by American Patriots over American Loyalists during the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. The battle fought on October 7, 1780 destroyed the left wing of Cornwallis' army and effectively ended Loyalist ascendance in the Carolinas. The victory halted the British advance into North Carolina, forced Lord Cornwallis to retreat from Charlotte into South Carolina, and gave General Nathanael Greene the opportunity to reorganize the American Army.
- A minimum of two hours is recommended to visit the visitor center and battlefield trail. Length of stay for hiking and other activities will vary according to trip. Kings Mountain National Military Park is the terminus of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail commemorating the route of the Patriot army from the mountains to the battle.
The Visitor Center features an 18-minute film, Kings Mountain: Turning Point in the South. The visitor center also includes a museum exhibit area and cooperating association sales outlet. The Battlefield Trail is a one and one-half mile self-guiding loop trail around battlefield site. The trail is the site of Ferguson's Cairn, the burial site of British Major Patrick Ferguson; the U.S. Monument and other markers; and wayside exhibits. In addition, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the adjoining Kings Mountain State Park have combined efforts to offer 16 miles of hiking trail and over 16 miles of horse trail.
Within the Kings Mountain National Military Park there is one designated backcountry campsite. No advanced registration required, register at the Visitor Center the day you will be camping. Must hike three miles from Visitor Center to Campsite. Site holds up to 10 people.The adjoining Kings Mountain State Park has a 116 site developed campground that is open year-round. Camping is on a first come basis. Further information on the campground is available by calling (803) 222-3209.
The Kings Mountain State Park shares a common boundary with the Kings Mountain National Military Park. The state park offers picnicking and camping on a year-round basis. Seasonal activities include: Swimming and carpet golf. The state park also offers programs at a reconstructed late 18th century farmstead.
Recreation - In addition to the Visitor Center activities, other opportunities include observing wildlife and wildflowers, hiking, horseback riding, camping and birdwatching.
Climate - Winters are mild with the lowest temperatures generally in the 20's. Summers are hot and humid with high temperatures in the 90's.
Kings Mountain National Military Park is located near Blacksburg, on South Carolina Highway 216. From Greenville, SC travel on I-85 North to NC Exit #2. From Charlotte, NC travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2.