South Carolina – Kings Mountain State Park

Located in Blacksburg, South Carolina, Kings Mountain State Park has been enormously popular with residents of North and South Carolina for generations. This spacious, woodsy, hilly park offers a myriad of activities for both young and old alike. It also has a long and intriguing history, as it was built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The park’s designers have managed to create a startlingly accurate replica of an 1800s Piedmont farm, and many travel to see the park for this reason. Buildings on the grounds include a gin and barn, and an authentic farmhouse. The buildings are surrounded by beautiful gardens, as well as many farm animals, including chickens, goats, cows, and a vast array of friendly felines. Upon arrival, however, visitors will be surprised at the additional benefits the park has to offer. “Passport Plus,” the parks yearly pass, can be purchased for $50.

Hiking Trails

Kings Mountain State Park has miles of hiking trails featuring beautiful scenery, and challenging but manageable terrain. One can participate in hiking all year long, but the trails can sometimes be a few degrees colder than the temperature in town, so he or she should dress accordingly. Water can be purchased in the visitor’s center for families to use when hiking, or they can bring their own water into the park, but this should not be overlooked, as adequate water on a hike is essential.

Horseback Riding

Equestrian facilities are available whether one chooses to bring his or her own horse, or participate in guided riding activities with horses belonging to the facility. Prices vary depending on the time of the year and which option one chooses. The trails in Kings Mountain State Park for horseback riding offer exceptional scenery, so one may wish to take along a camera.

Camping and RV Parking

Group camping barracks are available for larger families, and these are also a very popular choice for church or civic groups. The park also features camping sites to accommodate RVs, campers, and those who choose to use tents for their camping adventure.

Fishing and Boating

The Park features several beautiful lakes, as well, which are stocked with fish, and fishing here is extremely popular with both locals and tourists. Boat rentals are also available throughout most of the year, and docking privileges are provided for a small fee for those who own their own boats.

The Living History Farm

The Living History Farm features year round activities such as the annual Fall Festival and the”Christmas on the Farm” festival. Free admission for special events such as these is granted to those who have the Kings Mountain State Park Passport Plus yearly membership. Without the yearly pass, festivals and similar activities usually cost $5 for adults, and $3 for children, however, these prices are subject to change. The Living History Farm features living demonstrations of 1850’s farm life in South Carolina, with characters in vintage dress, authentically simulating farm activities.

Regularly scheduled special activities within the park attract diversified crowds, and in addition, the park is situated alongside the Kings Mountain National Military Park. This park was the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle.

Days and Hours of Operation

Office hours for which a full staff is present are limited, although one can purchase tickets anytime the park is opened. A full staff is present Monday through Friday between 11:00am and Noon, as well as 4:00pm and 5:00pm. The park is opened seven days a week from 8:00am to 6:00pm, during standard time, however, during daylight savings time, hours of operation are extended to 7:00am to 9:00pm.

Admissions

Admission for those over 15 years of age is $2, and for South Carolina Senior Citizens; $1:25. Children 15 and younger are free.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 85, one should take exit 8, and follow it left onto Highway 161. Once across the North Carolina-South Carolina state line the park entrance is located on the right.

From Interstate 77, one should exit onto Highway 5 toward Rock Hill. Highway 5 should be followed through both Rock Hill and York, at which point, one should turn north onto Highway 321, then proceed to bear left onto Highway 161. Once the turn is made onto Highway 161, the park’s entrance will be on the left.

Kings Mountain State Park Contact Information

http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/park-finder/state-park/945/programs-by-park.aspx
Phone: (803) 222-3209
1277 Park RD
Blacksburg,SC 29702