National Parks in South Carolina

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Location: Mt. Pleasant, SC

Charles Pinckney was a principal author and signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a "founding father," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans on South Carolina Lowcountry plantations and their influences on Charles Pinckney.

Fees: There are no entrance fees to visit this site.

Hours Info: Park grounds are open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm. The entrance gate to the parking lot will be shut and locked when grounds are closed. The historic house (visitor center) is open Friday - Sunday, 9 am - 5 pm. Updated: 6-18-2021.

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Congaree National Park

Location: Hopkins, SC

Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.

Fees: No Entrance Fee

Hours Info: Congaree National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round.

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Cowpens National Battlefield

Location: Chesnee, SC

“…our success was complete…” -- Daniel Morgan to Nathanael Greene, January 19, 1781 A pasturing area at the time of the battle, this Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton's British army. This classic military tactic, known as a double envelopment, was one of only a few in history.

Fees: It is free to visit Cowpens National Battlefield.

Hours Info: The visitor center parking lot is open 9:00 - 5:00, with the exception of certain federal holidays. Front gate closes at 5:00. After hours parking is located 1 mile east at the intersection of Hwy 11 and Hayes Road and is open dawn to dusk. Visitor Center is open Wed - Thurs 10 - 4. Staff offers visitor services in front of the Visitor Center on Thursday - Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

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Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park

Location: Charleston Harbor, SC

Two forts stand at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. Patriots inside a palmetto log fort, later named Fort Moultrie, defeated the Royal Navy in 1776. As Charleston blazed a path towards secession to preserve slavery, construction on a new fort, Fort Sumter, proceeded. The Confederacy fired on the US garrison of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861 opening the Civil War, which redefined American freedom.

Fees: There is a $10 entrance fee for Fort Moultrie per adult. Children 15 and younger are free. All America the Beautiful passes are accepted. The park does not accept cash for entrance fees. Credit, debit, and contactless payments are the only methods of payment accepted.

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Kings Mountain National Military Park

Location: Blacksburg, SC

Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle.

Fees: It is free to visit Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Hours Info: Park Ground Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitor Center Open Wednesday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Ninety Six National Historic Site

Location: Ninety Six, SC

Settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive. Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land. Two towns and a trading post were formed then abandoned to the elements. And two Revolutionary War battles claimed over 100 lives. Come discover the 18th century history of South Carolina.

Fees: Free!

Hours Info: The visitor center parking lot is open 8:30-4:30, with the exception of certain federal holidays. The front gate closes at 4:30. The park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. There are eight parking spots located outside of the front gate for early and late visitors. The visitor center is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail

Location: NC,SC,TN,VA

Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.

Fees: Free

Hours Info: The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail can be visited in any season. It includes sections of walkable pathway, a Commemorative Motor Route, affiliated historic sites and museums, and wayside exhibits. Along the way it passes through four NPS areas, two National Forests, an Army Corps of Engineers Dam &Reservoir, plus several state and county parks.

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Reconstruction Era National Historical Park

Location: SC

The Reconstruction era,1861-1900 the historic period in which the United States grappled with the question of how to integrate millions of newly freed African Americans into social, political,economic, and labor systems, was a time of significant transformation. The people, places, and events in Beaufort County, South Carolina, reflect on the most important issues of this tumultuous time period.

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National Parks in South Carolina