• 18th century tents are set up in a lane.

    Cowpens

    National Battlefield South Carolina

Ecosystems

Floodplain Canebreak community

New growth in the rare Floodplain Canebreak plant community

Cowpens National Battlefield is a part of the southern outer piedmont ecoregion and supports six ecological systems, four of which are considered natural. The natural communities include the following:

• Southern Piedmont Mesic Subacid Oak-Hickory Forest
• Interior Southern Red Oak – White Oak Forest
• Piedmont Granitic White Oak – Black Oak Woodland
• Floodplain Canebrake

The Piedmont Granitic White Oak-Black Oak Woodland is an especially rare ecosystem. This plant community is only found in a set of locations in Virginia and one within Cowpens.

The Foodplain Canebrake community is another example of a rare plant community within the park's boundaries.

Did You Know?

climax of the Battle of Cowpens

The Battle of Cowpens, fought by the Americans and British on January 17, 1781, lasted less than an hour.