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Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail

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Conscious Crossing

Make eye contact with oncoming drivers before crossing a street, even at a crosswalk. Use crossing signals when available.


Parking Address and Trailhead Location: MAP


National Register of South Carolina Website reports "As part of a series of strongholds planned to maintain the British position in South Carolina, an outpost was established at Hanging Rock in 1780. The importance of this post was in its strategic location on the road from Camden to Charlotte. The first American attack on the post occurred on July 30, 1780, led by Major William Richardson Davie, with forty dragoons and forty mounted riflemen." The Carolina Thread Trail segment that leads to a large rock formation and a plaque honoring the soldiers lost and wounded during the Battle of Hanging Rock in  1780. The property is heavily shaded and remote but full of historic significance.

Other Information

The parking is limited to a couple of spaces in front of the trail.

Trail Manager

Contact for more information:

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
1000 Assembly Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-734-4009

South Carolina State Park
Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism
1205 Pendleton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-734-0156


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The Hanging Rock Battlefield Trail is a small segment leading to the site of a historic outpost for the American Revolutionary War. There is a plaque that acknowledges the Battle of Hanging Rock and those who gave their lives.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Location Heath Springs (SC)
Difficulty Easy
Length0.3 miles, One Way
Surface Natural surface
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces4
Hours of operationDawn to Dusk

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