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Kings Mountain State Park
Copyright: - South Carolina Dept of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Kings Mountain State Park
Description - Kings Mountain State Park rests in a picturesque setting stretching along the South Carolina and North Carolina border. The park's "Living History Farm" preserves a collection of 19th century log and timber structures from the Piedmont region. Here, visitors can get a glimpse of the lifestyle of this area's early pioneers. Each September this farm is the site of the Pioneer Days Festival, which features crafts, music and muzzleloaders competition. Next to the park is Kings Mountain National Military Park, a prominent Revolutionary War battle site, and is easily accessible from I-85.

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The park has a campground with 125 sites (115 with electric & water. Ten tent sites.) as well as two group campsites and a horse camp. The individual sites require a reservation at least one day in advance with a minimum of two nights. The park offers the 16 mile King Mountain hiking trail as well as a 17-mile equestrian trail. Private boats are NOT allowed on park lake but fishing boats and canoes are available for rental. A park store provides some basic supplies. For reservations call 1-866-345-PARK.

Recreation - King Mountain Park offers numerous recreation activities. These activities include hiking, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, fishing, canoeing, and viewing historic sites.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. Tropical storms occasionally strike the coast during the hurricane season.

Location - Kings Mountain State Park located in northern South Carolina, 14 miles northwest of York on SC Highway 161.

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Filed By: Matt Haynie (Darlington, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I had a wonderful time camping at Kings Mountain. We loved the hike from the campground to the Living History Farm. They had people dressed up like during the 1800's doing chores out there. The kids really enjoyed chasing the chickens and using the peddle boats at the lake too. Already made reservations for next year!

Filed By: Sandy Skinnell (Clover, SC)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I encourage you to visit Kings Mountain State Park Campground and picnic area especially in the Spring as the dogwoods are so beautiful. The minature golf course has been replaced by a brand new playground for the children. The kids really love it. It's nice to have a picnic in the picnic area near the playground. We really enjoyed our picnic and our stay in the campground.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: Although it is located in a very nice setting, this park is poorly managed and not well-maintained. The campsites are unlevel, the roads in the campground are extremely dusty and constantly in bad repair, and the campground store is only opened on the weekends. A historical farm area on the park has been allowed to fall into disrepair. It is rarely opened and the only animals there are a horse and donkey, which look to be barely alive. If it were better managed and maintained, this park would have great potential to be very nice family destination. However, it is currently in poor condition, and there is very little to see or do.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly

Filed By: Wicasta Lovelace (Kings Mountain, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I walked a little used trail from the Visitor Center in the state park side over to an area called Fire Tower by locals (because it used to be the site of an observation tower). The trail is quite hilly in places, and would be difficult for some, but the views and near-isolation are well worth it. There are little amenities in the park itself, but everything you need is within reasonable driving distance. Get what you need before you enter the park. Especially if you're going to wander off of the main trails.

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Contact Information:
Kings Mountain, 1277 Park Road , Blackburg, SC, 29702, Phone: 803-222-3209

Additional Information:
South Carolina State Parks - The South Carolina State Parks stretch from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic coast. They offer a huge variety of sites and possible recreation activities.
Upstate Region - The Upstate Region of South Carolina is located in the northwest corner of the state. It includes the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg. This is an area of high plateaus and mountains.

South Carolina State Parks - Official website of South Carolina State Parks
South Carolina Tourism - Official website of South Carolina Tourism


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