Overmountain Victory Trail: Cowpens National Battlefield

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Parking Address: 4001 Chesnee Highway, Gaffney, SC 29341. MAP

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This 1.6-mile gravel trail provides a great place to walk or run in a very historical setting. The battlefield is a unit of the National Park System, a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior.

Soon after crossing Cowpens Road, the historic Robert Scruggs House will be on the left. The trail also features the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument and occasional wayside exhibits. These exhibits contain information about the Revolutionary War battle and commemorate the victory of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan over his dreaded foe, Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton, in the cause for American Independence. It was an important link in a chain of events that ultimately led to the defeat and surrender of the British commander Lord Earl Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia, in October 1781. 

Cowpens National Battlefield (http://www.nps.gov/cowp/index.htm)

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Cowpens National Battlefield is operated by the National Park Service. Visit this site to contact them:



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This rural trail offers a historic hike through the Cowpens National Battlefield. The trail travels along the historic Green River Road that both armies used to march to battle and passes many points of interest including the Robert Scruggs House, the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument, and several wayside exhibits about the Revolutionary War battle site.

Quick Facts

Trail Uses Walking / Hiking / Running
Horseback Riding
Location Gaffney (SC)
Difficulty Easy
Length1.6 miles, One Way
Surface Gravel/Crushed stone
Fees No
PetsPermitted on leash
Motorized vehiclesNot Permitted
ADA CompliantNo
Number of parking spaces6
Hours of operation9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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