Trail Spotlight: Overmountain Victory Trail at Cowpens National Battlefield
The Overmountain Victory Trail at Cowpens National Battlefield is suited for both history buffs and nature enthusiasts. This 1.6-mile Thread Trail runs through Cowpens National Battlefield, the site of a Revolutionary War battle, and is part of a path used by both British and American troops. Pause at wayside exhibits to learn more about the battle and the history of the area. The gravel trail is a part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.
A continuation of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Overmountain Victory Trail at Lake Whelchel segment runs along the shoreline of Lake Whelchel. A pier offers unobstructed views of the lake—the perfect place to stretch before you enjoy the trail.
For a short, yet historically charged walk, visit the Limestone College Quarry Trail. This 0.5-mile trail starts at the Limestone College campus, the first women’s college in South Carolina, and leads to a quarry on the National Register of Historic Places.
Destinations that will be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:
Famous for the January 17, 1781, battle where Daniel Morgan led his outnumbered troops against Banastre Tarleton’s British troops, Cowpens offers interpretive facilities, a visitors center with exhibits, a tour road and a walking trail through the battlefield. Each year in January, the park celebrates the anniversary of the battle with firing demonstrations and a living history encampment.
4001 Chesnee Highway
Gaffney, SC 29341
Kings Mountain State Park is a 6,885-acre park located in adjacent York County with miles of trails, equestrian facilities, group camping barracks, campgrounds, two fishing lakes with boat rentals and the popular Living History Farm. The park is also adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park located in both York and Cherokee counties, site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle.
1277 Park Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702
The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail travels through VA, TN, NC and SC, retracing the route of patriot militia as they tracked down the British. Eventually the two forces clashed, ending in patriot victory at the battle of Kings Mountain listed above.
The trail is still under development through partnerships, but the public has many places to visit and walk today.
2635 Park Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702