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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.


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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

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ADMISSION

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

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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

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Trails

Kings Mountain Hiking Trail

Length: 16 mile loop

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Description: The moderately difficult, 16-mile Kings Mountain Hiking Trail loop offers some gorgeous hiking through rolling hills and granite outcroppings not far from Charlotte. The site of a famous Revolutionary War battle, Kings Mountain National Military Park and the adjoining Kings Mountain State Park are popular destinations. The parks sit in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, but they seem somewhat out-of-place with the area’s other gently rolling terrain. Small mountains called monadnocks jut above the surrounding flatland and offer enjoyable views. The trail itself winds through hardwood forest and along a stream toward the Kings Mountain battlefield, passing a fire tower and horse trail on two occasions. 

Kings Mountain Nature Trail

Length: 1.2 mile loop

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This easy 1.2-mile loop trail begins at the picnic area in Kings Mountain State Park and is one the whole family would enjoy. There are various interpretive signs along the trail, which will educate you about the local wildlife, vegetation, and history. The area surrounding the trail is a dense hardwood forest with a floor covered in lush vegetation, which is especially beautiful during spring when colorful flowering trees and bushes are in full bloom. The local wildlife you may see includes deer, rabbits, wild turkey, and other various birds.

Kings Mountain Horse Trail

Length: 20 mile loop

Type: Equestrain Trail

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: This easy to moderately difficult 20-mile loop trail begins in Kings Mountain State Park and circles into Kings Mountain National Military Park, the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle. The surface is primarily flat with some rocky areas and some clay spots. A local saddle club takes care to watch over the trails and ensure solid footing on some of the ridge climbs. Both parks offer gorgeous riding through rolling hills and granite outcroppings not far from Charlotte, NC The parks sit in the eastern foothills of the Blue Ride Mountains, but they seem somewhat out-of-place with the area’s other gently rolling terrain. Small mountains called manodnocks jut above the surrounding flatland and offer spectacular views.

Living History Farm Trail

Length: 1.5 miles

Type: Hiking Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Description: This easy, 1.5-mile out and back trail is a unique feature in Kings Mountain State Park. In an area that is surrounded with historical relevance this trail provides an insight to what everyday life was like on a Carolina upstate farmstead during the revolutionary era. Highlights are a two-story farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, carpenter/blacksmith shop, sorghum mill and cooker, corncrib, cotton gin and several other small dwellings.  The best time to hike the trail is in the spring, which is when all the lush vegetation is in full bloom.