Kings Mountain National Military Park is located about 40 miles southwest of Charlotte NC. I was driving back to Atlanta from Charlotte recently and saw the sign for the Park at exit 2 on I-85 and decided to check it out. Going south from the exit about 4 miles, crossing into South Carolina, you quickly arrive at the Park. There is no fee to enter or to park at Kings Mountain.
Most of the National Military Parks in the south are related to the Civil War, but this one was not. Kings Mountain celebrates a stunning Revolutionary War victory by the local Patriots over British led Loyalists. The Park itself is centered around the Visitor Center and nearby is a well marked paved 1.5 mile long Battlefield Trail which encircles Kings Mountain and details each step of the battle. The trail goes by several grave markers and memorials along with an interesting marker for when President Hoover made a speech here along the trail.
The paved 1.5 mile long Battlefield Trail
Can you imagine 75,000 people here in the woods listening to President Hoover?
I was glad I made the quick stop and loop around the Battlefield Trail. If you are a Revolutionary War buff or just want a place to exercise then this is a great place to visit. I included some more pictures below for you to get an idea of what the area looks like. Thanks….rk
Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center
I have been wanting to check out the Chickamauga Battlefield for a while now, so when I had a chance recently I drove through the Park to check it out. As always, I stopped in the Visitors Center to get my bearings and a park map (which I collect). I didn’t realize that this National Military Park was spread out in two main locations: the Chickamauga Battlefield in Chickamauga GA and the Lookout Mountain Battlefield and Point Park in Chattanooga TN. These are probably about 20 minutes apart. I have been to the top of Lookout Mountain and to Point Park before, but did not realize these were related to Chickamauga.
The idea for the National Military Park was to honor both Union and Confederate dead and a way to bring the two sides together. Congress approved and President Benjamin Harrison signed the park bill in 1890. The National Military Park also preserved the battlefield in a way that can be studied by Civil War historians to learn and remember the battles that were fought here in 1863.
The Kentucky Monument
I was hoping to find a hiking trail through the Chickamauga Battlefield, but it did seem more set up as a driving tour. The trail that I found was muddy and obviously had horses going through it and I wasn’t dressed for that type of adventure today. The driving tour was interesting and gave a lot of information about the battle including that it was one of the few that was fought in forest rather than in a field. There are monuments set up to honor the different state regiments that fought here and there are about as many deer here as there are cannons.
Deer at Chickamauga Battlefield
Cannons and a Memorial at Chickamauga Battlefield
One of the most interesting parts of the park was the Wilder Brigade Monument. This 85 foot tall tower has a spiral staircase that leads to a lookout at the top. I imagine the view is amazing from up there. Unfortunately, it was seasonally closed during my visit.
Wilder Brigade Monument
The seasonally closed spiral staircase inside the Wilder Brigade Monument
If you are a civil war buff or just enjoy a peaceful place to relax or meditate, then I recommend coming to visit this Park. I hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did.