Best Hiking Trails in Kings Mountain State Park
South Carolina'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.
A big, hilly, woodsy park with lots to do, Kings Mountain State Park has been a regional favorite for generations.Built originally by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, Kings Mountain has miles of trails, equestrian facilities, group camping, campgrounds, two fishing lakes with boat rentals and the popular Living History Farm.The farm is a realistic replica of a typical Piedmont farm from the early to mid 1800s. Buildings include a house, barn and gin, and there are gardens and animals, including cows, chickens and a bunch of friendly cats.Regularly scheduled special events at the park bring in local crowds and the park also is adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.
The state parks recommends visitors not completely rely on GPS or online map routing when coming to Kings Mountain State Park.
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.
When to Go
8 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended to 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)
11 a.m. - noon & 4 - 5 p.m. M-F
$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free
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.