Kings Mountain State Park
Welcome! I am John Moon, manager of Kings Mountain State Park. I knew that I wanted to be a park ranger when I
was young, camping at Lake Wateree State Park with my family. We would visit often, and I remember the park
ranger coming to our site to register us and talking with my family about the park and camping rules, and they
would always point us in the right direction to catch fish. It was those simple encounters with park rangers
while camping and fishing with my family that inspired me.
I love Lake York on my park. I tell my visitors often to “fish local.” I love to fish and getting out on the
water allows me to renew my senses and recharge my batteries. That being said, Lake York is a great little local
lake to catch a limit while providing you with a little “tonic for the soul” in the process. Check out Lake York
for yourself and “fish local” as often as you can.
A must-see for a first-time visitor is definitely the farm! Every visitor that comes to Kings Mountain needs to
take a moment to soak up the 1800’s Living History Farm. It is a special place that really takes you back to a
much different way of life—the life of a Yeoman Farmer. The farm has several structures over 100 – 150
years old, and when you visit, you will even have the chance to meet all of our resident farm animals, from Lil’
Bit, our black filly horse, to Jack, our sweet little donkey. The farm animals love attention so make sure you
stop by, talk to them, and grab a blade or two of grass and watch how appreciative those animals can be. The
farm is special and a must-see.
**Our Ultimate Outsider stamps are located at the Farm Privy and the Trailhead Kiosk.
The Piedmont’s Kings Mountain State Park has miles of forested trails perfect for supreme Kings Mountain hiking, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites. Local crowds flock to the park during regularly scheduled special events, especially every November when living history demonstrations are held at the park’s replica 1800s Piedmont farm.
For those who want to stay overnight at Kings Mountain, campground accommodations–including equestrian facilities–are available at the Kings Mountain campground, with easy access to Kings Mountain hiking, fishing and more.
BY THE NUMBERS
of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps
standard campsites for RVs or tent camping
tent sites for tent camping only
miles of equestrian trails
plus miles of hiking trails
Ridgeline Trail that connects 3 parks and 2 states
park lakes - Lake Crawford and Lake York - for fishing and paddling
picnic shelters available for rent for group gatherings
acres for you to enjoy