South Carolina National Parks...

Eight of the best national parks for hiking, history and lasting experiences.


South Carolina - Best National Parks for HikingSouth Carolina’s role in American history is forever preserved in eight South Carolina National Parks — some of our country's most cherished.

For example, did you know that the first shots fired during the Civil War were fired here, at Fort Sumter? Standing in this remarkably preserved national monument, you can almost hear the cannons firing.

What you may not know is the important role of the ‘Ole 96th, an important Revolutionary War battle site. Widely regarded as one of the nation’s best preserved Revolutionary war sites, the Ninety Six National Historic Site continues to reveal its secrets to this day.

South Carolina's newest National Park, Congaree National Park, preserves the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the US and contains one of the tallest deciduous forests in the world.

Looking for the best national parks for hiking? Check out Congaree National Park and its 20 miles of backcountry hiking trails.

For more history in South Carolina national parks, And don’t leave without stopping by the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, part of a historic 18th century town occupied by the British for more than 11 months.

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Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site
Spend a few peaceful hours where the British spent a rough year. After the siege of Charleston, Lord Charles Cornwallis and 2,500 British soldiers marched to Camden and set up...
Kings Mountain National Military Park
On Oct. 7, 1780, a group of Patriot militia from what is now Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia defeated British Major Patrick Ferguson and his band of...
Ninety Six National Historic Site
Walk Where Battles Were Fought & Heroes Were Forged! Here settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive, Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land, two towns and...
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
A native and leader of the South Carolina Lowcountry, Charleston Pinckney was one of the men to mold and shape the foundation of the early United States government into the...
Congaree National Park
Congaree National Park preserves the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience national and state champion trees, towering to record size amidst an astonishing array of...
Cowpens National Battlefield
On Jan. 17, 1781, the Americans won a decisive battle against the better-trained British Army. The battle was over in less than an hour. This victory gave the Patriots the...
Fort Moultrie
The original Palmetto log fort was begun in 1776 and only partially completed when attacked by a squadron of British warships. Col. William Moultrie and his men staved off the...
Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center at Liberty Square
This state-of-the-art center is the primary ferry departure facility for visiting Fort Sumter. Located in Liberty Square, the center offers interpretive and visual exhibits on the events leading up to...

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