Kings Mountain  Hero Image

Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain  Image
Icon For Temperature

30°

Clear Sky

Park Logo

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Please do not depend completely on GPS or online map routing when coming to Kings Mountain State Park.  Directions are written out below for your convenience.

From I-85 Southbound (coming from Charlotte): Take exit 8, turn left onto Hwy 161, go across NC/SC state line and park entrance will be on the right.  Once you turn into the park, the campground/day-use area entrance will be on your right, just before the park office.

From I-85 Northbound (coming from Spartanburg): Take NC exit 2, onto Hwy 216/Park Road/705/Battleground Rd. Turn right and travel approximately five miles through the National Park and the park office will be on the right.  As your pass the park office, the campground/day-use area will be on your left.

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.  Once you turn into the park, the campground/day-use area entrance will be on your right, just before the park office.


Clock Logo

HOURS

8 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended to 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)

OFFICE

11 a.m. - noon & 4 - 5 p.m. M-F

Admission Logo

ADMISSION

$2/adult; $1.25 SC Seniors; age 15 & younger free

Pets Logo

PETS

Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife. Pets are not allowed in or around cabins, cabin areas or other lodging facilities.

Kings Mountain State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

BY THE NUMBERS

1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

115 standard campsites for RVs or tent camping

10 tent sites for tent camping only

15 equestrian campsites

30 miles of equestrian trails

20+ plus miles of hiking trails

1 Ridgeline Trail that connects 3 parks and 2 states

2 park lakes - Lake Crawford and Lake York - for fishing and paddling

5 picnic shelters available for rent for group gatherings

6885 acres for you to enjoy

Kings Mountain State Park

Mountains

History & Interpretation

  • Programs and Guided Tours: Kings Mountain is a DiscoverCarolina Site, which provides curriculum-based social studies programs for South Carolina school children.

    Living history days are also scheduled with volunteer demonstrations throughout the year. Ranger-led programs are also offered at various times and dates. Check out the programs and events listings for more details.

  • Farm: Self-guided tours of the Living History Farm are available 8am-8pm March through October and 8am-5pm November through February.

    The farm is a replica of a 19th century South Carolina yeoman farm which includes a barn, cotton gin and blacksmith/carpenter shop. School group tours available by appointment.

  • Historic Garden: A popular attraction at Kings Mountain is the Living History Farm, a replica of a mid-19th century Yeoman Farm. The farm has a house, barn, cotton gin, farm animals, blacksmith and weave shop as well as a garden. For a lower class yeoman farmer it was essential to grow their own food for the family and animals, make their own medicines from herbs and grow enough cotton to make clothes.

    Visitors to the Living History Farm will see a variety of heirloom species of crops and herbs in the garden, in addition to fruit trees and a small grape vineyard.

    The gardens at Kings Mountain are open during normal park operating hours.

  • Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC): Yes
  • National Register of Historic Places: Yes
  • Designation: Kings Mountain State Park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a New Deal Program created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The program was designed to provide employment during the Great Depression while addressing national needs in conservation and recreation.

    The CCC was instrumental in the development of many of South Carolina’s state parks. A number of buildings built by the CCC in the 1930's are still in use at this park.

  • When & How PRT Acquired: In 1934, 6,141 acres were donated by the US Government. In 1995 several land donations included: 268.5 acres donated by the Peeler Foundation; 109.9 acres donated by Carpenter, 33.27 acres donated by Van Dyke. Also in 1995, 332 acres were purchases from Whiteside.