Brooks and I made a stop at Kings Mountain to see the place that turned the tide in favor of the Americans in the Revolutionary War. What is also special for us is that one of Brooks’ ancestors fought and survived this battle when he was just 14 years old. The reason this was a pivotal battle was that it kept the British from controlling the South and it sent fear into the Tories from supporting the British for the remainder of the War. There is a beautiful museum built on the property and the movie about the battle was excellent! It is a little hard to find if you try to come into town any other way than I-85 so I would recommend using I-85 because there are signs that direct you right into the park.
After exploring the museum and watching the movie, we walked the Battlefield Trail which is a pretty hard hike so follow the recommendations on bringing water and not walking it if you have a heart condition. We were thinking that we would blast through a mile and a half hike, but even at a good pace, the steep hills slowed us down and it took us at least 45 minutes to get through it. I tell you what, I think the fact that we had mountain men used to the hills helped us ALOT in victory!
It is a neat walk. You end up at the very top of the mountain where the first memorial is. There are very old headstones that show where Americans fell and of course where Col. Fergosen died.