Kings Mountain National Military Park is located about 40 miles southwest of Charlotte NC. I was driving back to Atlanta from Charlotte recently and saw the sign for the Park at exit 2 on I-85 and decided to check it out. Going south from the exit about 4 miles, crossing into South Carolina, you quickly arrive at the Park. There is no fee to enter or to park at Kings Mountain.
Most of the National Military Parks in the south are related to the Civil War, but this one was not. Kings Mountain celebrates a stunning Revolutionary War victory by the local Patriots over British led Loyalists. The Park itself is centered around the Visitor Center and nearby is a well marked paved 1.5 mile long Battlefield Trail which encircles Kings Mountain and details each step of the battle. The trail goes by several grave markers and memorials along with an interesting marker for when President Hoover made a speech here along the trail.
The paved 1.5 mile long Battlefield Trail
Can you imagine 75,000 people here in the woods listening to President Hoover?
I was glad I made the quick stop and loop around the Battlefield Trail. If you are a Revolutionary War buff or just want a place to exercise then this is a great place to visit. I included some more pictures below for you to get an idea of what the area looks like. Thanks….rk