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Kings Mountain National Military ParkBLACKSBURG, S.C. – A battle in the autumn of 1780 altered the course of American history. Thomas Jefferson deemed the battle “the turn of the tide of success” in the Revolutionary War.

At Kings Mountain National Military Park, you can ponder the battle of Kings Mountain, where 900 Patriot militiamen met and defeated a force of 1,000 Loyalist militia and 120 Royal Provincials in a conflict that pitted Americans against each other. This Patriot victory on October 7, 1780 boosted morale in the South and eventually led to Lord Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown a year later.

At Kings Mountain National Military Park, you can ponder the battle of Kings Mountain, where 900 Patriot militiamen met and defeated a force of 1,000 Loyalist militia and 120 Royal Provincials in a conflict that pitted Americans against each other. This Patriot victory on October 7, 1780 boosted morale in the South and eventually led to Lord Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown a year later.

Start your battlefield experience at the visitor center auditorium, where a brief History Channel orientation film introduces you to the men and women who met and clashed on top of Kings Mountain.

After this general overview of the battle and its participants, make your way into the state-of-the-art museum, also in the visitor center. A life-sized old-growth forest that existed at the time of the battle greets you. Each tree invites you inside to learn more about the pivotal Southern Campaign of the Revolution, the difficult choice of being Patriot or Loyalist in the Carolinas, the impact of the Patriot victory at Kings Mountain, and the efforts to commemorate and preserve the battlefield. You’ll see weapons used in the battle, artifacts recovered from the battlefield, and an interactive topographical map of the ridge.

Beyond the visitor center, a 1.5-mile paved Battlefield Trail allows you to “walk in the shoes” of those Patriots and Loyalists who fought here. You begin your journey looking through the eyes of Patriots as you round the base of the hill and wind your way towards the summit. As you crest the 1,020-foot ridge, your view changes to that of Loyalists defending this peak. You follow their panicked route to the far end of the ridge, where surrender and defeat awaits.

Several monuments and markers dot your path, including the Chronicle Marker, the second-oldest war memorial in the country; the Centennial Monument, which guards the highest point on the ridge; and the U.S. Monument, which marks the area of Loyalist surrender. Interpretive wayside signs along the trail explain different aspects of the battle, and a new cell phone audio tour gives soldiers’ first-hand accounts of the conflict.

Kings Mountain hosts a variety of special events from March through November. When you visit, you might see Patriot, Loyalist, and British living history interpreters demonstrating colonial trades and crafts, military camp life, and the weapons used during the American Revolution.

Located just 45 minutes south of Charlotte, North Carolina, and 30 minutes north of Spartanburg, South Carolina, the park is easily accessible via Interstate 85 (Exit 2 in North Carolina) and Highway 161. You can spend the whole day exploring Kings Mountain, or plan a shorter morning or afternoon visit. For directions and more information, visit our website. We look forward to seeing you.

Camping is not available at Kings Mountain National Military Park however, just 3 miles away is Kings Mountain State Park. This is a recreational area park administered by the State of South Carolina.

Kings Mountain State Park offers the following:

Camping- RV, tent and group sites
Picknicking
Hiking
Horse Trails
Fishing
19th Century Living History Farm
Other Activities
For more information on Kings Mountain State Park visit http://www.southcarolinaparks.com

For more information about Kings Mountain National Military Park visit http://www.nps.gov/kimo/index.htm

The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day by waiving entrance fees and holding special events from November 11 to 13.

“America’s national parks have close ties to all those who have served, or are serving, in the military,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “There are dozens of national parks that commemorate battles fought on American soil. Veterans Day weekend is the perfect time to visit a place like Yorktown, Gettysburg, or Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to those who have served.”

“Our country’s 397 national parks also preserve iconic symbols, including the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore, and places of great beauty, such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, that have inspired generations of troops with national pride.”

Some of the special events taking place this weekend inlcude: A U.S. Navy Band concert at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (LA)

Living history military encampments at Fort Moultrie (SC), Kings Mountain National Military Park (SC), Fort Pulaski National Monument (GA), and Shiloh National Military Park (TN)

Living history Revolutionary War soldiers at Morristown National Historical Park (NJ)

The Avenue of Flags at Andersonville National Historic Site (GA).

A complete list of events by park or state is available at www.nps.gov.

In 2012, the National Park Service will offer fee free days on January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend), April 21 to 29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend).

More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

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