Kings Mountain National Military Park

Center for the State of the Parks: Park Assessments

Published June 2010


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Kings Mountain National Military Park, located near Blacksburg, South Carolina, commemorates a Revolutionary War battle that took place there on October 7, 1780. Patriots claimed victory over Loyalist forces at the Battle of Kings Mountain, raising morale and inspiring the Americans to continue to struggle for independence from the British.

The park preserves battle artifacts, markers and memorials, and other cultural resources within a setting of great natural beauty. Semi-open prairies and mixed hardwood forest harbor rare plants and many species of wildlife. Visitors can learn about history through a new visitor center film, wayside exhibits, and living history demonstrations. They can also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and horseback riding along miles of trails that link to nearby state parks.

NPCA's Center for State of the Parks recently completed a review of Kings Mountain National Military Park’s cultural and natural resources. This assessment determined that the park’s cultural and resources are in "good" condition overall, while natural resources are in “fair” condition.

A lack of baseline research and inventories hinders cultural resources protection, and the park could use additional staff such as a museum technician. Restoring the landscape to its Revolutionary War-era appearance and combating invasive non-native species are two important natural resources management efforts.

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