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“This is a must see for Revolutionary War buffs”

Kings Mountain National Military Park
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 11, 2013

A lot of people don't know about the battle of Kings Mountain, but it was a key to victory in the Revolutionary War. Fought in October 1780 it was a turning point in the war in the south. If you saw the movie "The Patriot," some of the events at Kings Mountain are portrayed in it. We were there in December, and it wa spretty empty of tourists, which for us wa sgreat, but the Visitor Center was open and the staff extremely well informed about the battle and were also very courteous. There was no charge and the exhibits, monuments, and free brochures made it a very worthwhile side trip on our way to Asheville.

Thank Araxiel
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Excellent museum with informative movie, static displays, trails, momuments at strategic places of the battle, and helpful park attendants. Signs around the battlefield trail are excellent and typical high quality expected from the National Park Service. Our trip there was inspired by the book 'American Spirit' by Roger Smith. Good to see the place my forefathers diligently
fought to make this a great nation. The one-hour, 1.5 mile path around the battlefield site is broad and paved with asphalt, but steep stretches would make the use of wheel chairs challenging at best. As you walk the trail, it's easy to envision the patriots scrambling up the steep, wooded slopes, dodging from tree to tree, then taking cover to reload their long rifles. They were then able to take careful aim from the protection of the trees and hit their enemies at long range, an advantage which eventually turned the tide of battle The most important point is the smaller monument on the ridgetop, where, according to the Daughters of the American Revolution, "the tide turned in favor of the American Colonies." You look around at this remote wooded site and realize that right here occurred the decisive event which forced Lord Cornwallis to change his strategy in the South and turn north toward his fate at Yorktown a year later. Awesome! For photos, go to Google Earth and click on the ones there. The monument photos are misplaced, but you get the general idea. Bottom line: we want to go there again when the trees are in full leaf.

1  Thank JeanTMtGilead_NC
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Wonderful piece of American History. This site where the newly founded United States defeated the British on our March to freedom. A freedom that we enjoy to this day is laid out on this small mountain. Great museum and film in the visitors center. Highly recommend it for middle to High School students.

Thank JiamesB
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

A lovely place to visit and walk around, especially if you're interested in history. There's a beautiful trail, many statues and monuments, and they have special activities on a regular basis. It's a great place.

1  Thank Jennifer B
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

The Kings Mountain National Military Park was both fun and informative. They have a 1.5 mile paved walking trail that has many side-of-path displays that tell you about the battle at Kings Mountain. Pets are allowed on the trail as long as they have a leash on at all times. They did have one place along the trail that was supposed to have the pet "potty bags," but they were out, so i would suggest bringing your own just in case. One of the coolest features of the walking path is the "cell phone guided tour." Throughout the path there are signs that provide you with a phone # and a sign #. After calling the phone # the voice prompts you to enter the sign #. At this time the voice tells you about the area of the trail you are currently standing on and what happened there during the battle. I wasn't expecting quite such a challenging walk, but I was definitely surprised. The inclines can be kind of steep, so make sure you bring comfortable shoes for walking and possibly a walking stick. Inside the visitor's center you will find a very clean environment including a museum, small movie theater, and a small gift shop. The museum is very informative and has audio media throughout telling you about the battle of King's Mountain as you look at artwork and authentic items found on the battle ground. This includes buttons from the soldier's coats, bullets from their muskets and pistols, and clothing that would have been worn during the era. Inside the theater they show a 26 minute long movie about the battle that was produced by the History Channel, so the quality is really professional. The theater is nice and the seats are comfortable. Finally, the gift shop... they have something for everyone at reasonably affordable prices. They have books about the Revolutionary War, kits for making your own basket, magnets, t-shirts, hats, old coins and currency from the era, candy and toys made from that time period for the kids, and even trail bowls for dogs that can hook on to your belt or backpack. Overall, this place was amazing and I would definitely recommend taking a trip to King's Mountain National Military Park! It reminded me of a really fun field trip that I would have taken in school!!!

1  Thank Songwriter75
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