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Kings Mountain Battlefield Loop

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1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer loop
94% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 203' 62 m
Descent: -203' -62 m
High: 1,015' 309 m
Low: 828' 252 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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This short, easy, paved loop offers an educational tour of a battlefield and an overview of the Revolutionary War.

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Features Fall Colors · Historical Significance · Wildflowers

Park access is free, both for entry and parking.

Overview

At 1.6 miles, this loop is fairly short, but it takes you to the summit of Kings Mountain (which, in reality, is more of a hill), but the elevation gain is noticeable. The entire route is lined with signs, monuments, and historic sites that make for a very educational outing. The entire loop is tree-covered, which means it's a great shaded option for the summer, or a good place to see spring flowers and fall colors. As the only way to actually see the actual battlefield of the Battle of Kings Mountain, the Battlefield Loop is a must-do when visiting Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Description

Park in the large pull-out lot in front of the Kings Mountain Visitors Center. For the trail's full context, check out the various exhibits within the visitors center, watch the informational video, and/or join a guided tour. From the visitors center, head north to the trail, and then follow the loop in either direction. Going clockwise might offer a bit more of a warmup as the trail ascends Kings Mountain after meandering through the forest for a short while.

Various monuments are located directly adjacent to the path or a short distance into the forest, accessed via spur trails. Installed throughout the past two centuries (the oldest one dates back to 1815) the monuments commemorate a variety of people, gravesites, and moments from the Battle of Kings Mountain and the Revolutionary War. Informational signs accompany many of them, detailing their context of the battle, the war as a whole, or in the years following the Revolutionary War's conclusion. If you're hiking and taking time to read all the interpretive materials, plan for a 1 to 1.5 hour outing.

History & Background

The Battle of Kings Mountain occurred on October 7, 1780, and is commonly cited as a key turning point in the Revolutionary War. The route is lined with informational signs about the area, the Battle of Kings Mountain, and the Revolutionary War. Rangers usually lead guided tours on the weekends, but at unspecified times—check at the visitors center for more information.

If you can't make a guided tour, you can always go by the visitors center on the way to the trail and watch the informational video (it's about 30 minutes in length). Or, there's an audio tour you can access by calling a specified number on a cell phone that corresponds to numbered stops along the way.

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"Kings Mountain National Military Park - South Carolina" by Doug Kerr (https://tinyurl.com/umu9c2d), Flickr licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).
Nov 13, 2019 near Blacksburg, SC
"Kings Mountain National Military Park - South Carolina" by Doug Kerr (https://tinyurl.com/us5j9gb), Flickr licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).
Nov 13, 2019 near Blacksburg, SC
"Kings Mountain National Military Park - South Carolina" by Doug Kerr (https://tinyurl.com/r2sd538), Flickr licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).
Nov 13, 2019 near Blacksburg, SC
"Kings Mountain National Military Park - South Carolina" by Doug Kerr (https://tinyurl.com/tbhhwzq), Flickr licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/).
Nov 13, 2019 near Blacksburg, SC
Battle Memorial
May 24, 2018 near Blacksburg, SC

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