National Parks Around Hilton Head Island

Charles Pinckney

National Historic Site

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

1828 Lowcountry cottage and grounds

Weather

Winters are generally mild. Summers are hot and humid.

Driving Directions

The park is located on the south side of Long Point Road .7 miles from US Highway 17, or 3 miles if coming from I-526. More directions to Charles Pinckney.

Operating Hours

All park buildings and grounds close at 5 p.m. The entrance gate to the parking lock will be shut and locked upon closing.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Fee-Free Site: There are no entrance fees to visit this site.

Contact

Mailing Address:
1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Physical Address:
1254 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Phone Number: 8438815516

Congaree

National Park

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.

View of the Congaree River during the Fall

Weather

Check the forecast before getting on the road. Conditions can change rapidly within the park. Flooding can happen with little or no warning, so make sure to check water levels for Cedar Creek and the Congaree River.

Driving Directions

From Interstate 77, Exit 5 At Exit 5 turn onto SC Hwy 48 East/Bluff Road. Following the brown and white "Congaree National Park" directional signs, travel approximately 8 miles on and then take a slight right onto Old Bluff Road. Follow Old Bluff Road for 4.5 miles to the park entrance sign, which will be on the right. Proceed one mile to the Harry Hampton Visitor Center. Parking lots will be on the right. More directions to Congaree.

Operating Hours

Congaree National Park is open 24-hours a day throughout the year. The Harry Hampton Visitor Center is open seven days a week and closed on all Federal Holidays.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

No Entrance Fee: No Entrance Fee

Contact

Physical Address:
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061

Mailing Address:
100 National Park Road
Hopkins, SC 29061

Phone Number: 8037764396

Cowpens

National Battlefield

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“…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.

The sun is coming up on the battlefield in the direction that the Americans would have been facing.

Weather

Temperatures for the area range from very hot and humid in the summer to cool and moderate in the winter. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.1346&lon=-81.7036#.VhkrZ-xVhBc

Driving Directions

From I-85 N, take exit 83. Turn left on Hwy 110, approx. 8 miles. Turn right on Hwy 11. The park is about a half mile on the right. From I-85 S, take exit 92, turn right toward Chesnee on Hwy 11, approx.10 miles on the left. From I-26 E, take exit 5, turn left toward Chesnee on Hwy 11, approx. 20 miles on the right. From I-26 W, take I-85 North, take exit 83. Turn left on Hwy 110, approx. 8 miles. Turn right on Hwy 11. The park is about a half mile on the right. More directions to Cowpens.

Operating Hours

The visitor center and visitor center parking lot are 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.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: It is free to visit Cowpens National Battlefield.

Contact

Physical Address:
Cowpens National Battlefield
Gaffney, SC 29341

Mailing Address:
Cowpens National Battlefield
Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone Number: 8644612828

Fort Sumter

National Monument

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Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.

Fort Moultrie's main entrance with a United States Flag flying overhead

Weather

Mild winters. Hot and humid during the summer.

Driving Directions

Directions to the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, 340 Concord Street, Charleston, SC Take I-26 E to Charleston. Take exit 221B on the left for Meeting Street. Turn right onto Meeting Street. Turn left onto Calhoun Street. Proceed across East Bay Street and Washington Street. The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is straight ahead. Parking is on the left in the garage (7' clearance). More directions to Fort Sumter.

Operating Hours

Fort Moultrie represents the entire history of static seacoast defenses in the United States, from the American Revolution through World War II. The site includes a visitor center with museum exhibits.

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

Fort Moultrie Entrance Fee: There is an entrance fee to tour Fort Moultrie. Adults 16-61 are $3, seniors 62+ are $1, and children 15 and younger are free. Federal recreation passes are accepted. Cost: $3

Fort Moultrie Family Pass: Admits the holder and three other adults. Cost: $5

Contact

Physical Address:
340 Concord Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Mailing Address:
1214 Middle Street
Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Phone Number: 8438833123

Gullah/Geechee

Cultural Heritage Corridor

Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.

Vera Manigault demonstrates the art of sewing sweetgrass baskets.

Weather

The weather varies throughout the year and even throughout the day. Please check the National Weather Service information at http://www.weather.gov for forecast information.

Driving Directions

The corridor encompasses a cultural and linguistic area along the southeastern coast of the United States from the northern border of Pender County, North Carolina to the southern border of St. Johns County, Florida and 30 miles inland. The Commission operates a small business office on Johns Island, SC., but there are many sites to explore within the Corridor. More directions to Gullah/Geechee.

Operating Hours

Several Visitor Centers in the Heritage Corridor.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

N/A: N/A

Contact

Physical Address:
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Johns Island, SC 29455

Mailing Address:
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Johns Island, SC 29457-1007

Phone Number: 843.818.4587

Kings Mountain

National Military Park

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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.

An oval gravestone for Maj Patrick Ferguson is in front of his stone covered grave.

Weather

Temperatures for the area range from very hot and humid in the summer to cool and moderate in the winter.

Driving Directions

Kings Mountain National Military Park is located on South Carolina Highway 216. From Greenville, SC travel on I-85 North to NC Exit #2. Turn right onto Hwy 216. From Charlotte, NC travel on I- 85 South to NC Exit #2. Turn left onto Hwy 216. More directions to Kings Mountain.

Operating Hours

Open Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Extended Weekend Hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Weekends Only)

Monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM

Entrance Fees

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

Contact

Physical Address:
2300 Park Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Mailing Address:
2625 Park Road
Blacksburg, SC 29702

Phone Number: 8649367921

Ninety Six

National Historic Site

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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.

A cannon is in the left foreground with the Maham rifle tower in the distance.

Weather

Temperatures for the area range from very hot and humid in the summer to cool and moderate in the winter. http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Ninety+Six&state=SC&site=GSP&lat=34.172&lon=-82.0235#.Vhl2muxVhBc

Driving Directions

2 miles south of Ninety Six, SC on Hwy 248. For more detailed information, please go to http://www.nps.gov/nisi/planyourvisit/directions.htm More directions to Ninety Six.

Operating Hours

April 1 - October 31, the Star Fort Pond is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays for fishing. The pond is CLOSED Sunday-Tuesday, Thursdays, and November 1 - March 31.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Closed

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Free!

Contact

Mailing Address:
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Ninety Six, SC 29666

Physical Address:
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Ninety Six, SC 29666

Phone Number: 8645434068

Overmountain Victory

National Historic Trail

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.

The OVVI NHT marker is on a fence with the Green River in the background.

Weather

Temperatures for the area range from very hot and humid in the summer to cool and moderate in the winter.

Driving Directions

The trail travels over 330 miles through four states. More directions to Overmountain Victory.

Operating Hours

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.

Monday: Sunrise to Sunset
Tuesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Wednesday: Sunrise to Sunset
Thursday: Sunrise to Sunset
Friday: Sunrise to Sunset
Saturday: Sunrise to Sunset
Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

Entrance Fees

Entrance Fee: Free

Contact

Physical Address:
4001 Chesnee Hwy
Gaffney, SC 29341

Mailing Address:
338 New Pleasant Road
Gaffney, SC 39341

Phone Number: 8644612828

Reconstruction Era

National Monument

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The Reconstruction era,1861-1898 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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Driving Directions

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Operating Hours

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Entrance Fees

Contact

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1719
Beaufort, SC 29901

Phone Number: (404) 507-5868

South Carolina

National Heritage Corridor

Designated in 1996, the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor is committed to promoting and preserving the cultural, natural and historic resources of the state. The corridor stretches across 17 counties from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean.

Ranger guided walks provide visitors an in-depth look at the largest remaining section of old-growth

Weather

The weather varies throughout the year and even throughout the day. Please check the National Weather Service information at http://www.weather.gov for forecast information.

Driving Directions

The heritage area is located throughout the state of South Carolina. More directions to South Carolina.

Operating Hours

There are various visitor centers throughout the corridor.

Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day
Sunday: All Day

Entrance Fees

N/A: N/A

Contact

Physical Address:
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Belton, SC 29627

Mailing Address:
The South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
Belton, SC 29627

Phone Number: 8038249000