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

    Cowpens

    National Battlefield South Carolina

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  • Closed for Federal Holiday

    Cowpens National Battlefield will be closed October 13, 2014 for Columbus Day. The park will reopen at 9:00 on October 14.

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?

Cannon demonstration

The three-pounder Revolutionary War cannon was called a "Grasshopper" because it had a recoil of about 5 feet and looked somewhat like a grasshopper jumping when it was fired.