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

    Cowpens

    National Battlefield South Carolina

Plan Your Visit

Cowpens National Battlefield front gate in the fall

Robert Hooper for Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens National Battlefield is a Revolutionary War battle site that commemorates 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. The battlefield is a unit of the National Park System, a bureau of the United States Department of the Interior.

The 845-acre park is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There is a Visitor Center, battlefield, trail, auto loop road around the perimeter of the battlefield, and a picnic area with a covered shelter.

 
3-pounder grasshopper cannon in the Visitor Center

Available Resources and Facilities

VisitorCenter:

Museum contains a reproduction 3-pounder cannon, other weapons of the Revolutionary War period, and exhibits.

"Cowpens: A Battle Remembered" is a laser disk presentation show hourly in the museum. The 18 minute show was filmed offsite in 2006 and depicts the events of the battle.


Fiber-optic Map Display
illustrates the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution and the battle tactics employed by Daniel Morgan at Cowpens. (13 minutes)

Sales Outlet operated by Eastern National offers books, posters, postcards, slides, and theme-related souvenirs for purchase.

Battlefield Trail:

The partially paved self-guided 1.2 mile trail includes wayside exhibits, the 1856 Washington Light Infantry Monument and the historic Green River Road that both armies used to get to the Cow Pens. (45 minutes) Video of Ed Bearss' guided walk

Auto Loop Road:

The 3.8 mile 1-way road travels the perimeter of the battlefield and includes wayside exhibits, parking areas with short trails to the Green River Road, the circa 1828 Robert Scruggs Log House, and access to the picnic area. The loop road closes at 4:30 pm. Audio narration by Ed Bearss

Picnic Area:

Located 1 1/2 miles down the tour road, the area provided picnic tables, grills, and restroom facilities. A covered picnic shelter is available to groups through a special use permit for a small fee. Contact the staff at the Visitor Center for information on the permit. The loop road and picnic area close at 4:30 pm.

 

Other area historic sites

Kings Mountain National Military Park is approximately 35 miles north, near Blacksburg, SC.

Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail begins in Abingdon, Virginia and Sycamore Shoals, Tennessee and goes through Cowpens National Battlefield, ending at Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Ninety Six National Historic Site is approximately 90 miles south in Ninety Six, SC.

Walnut Grove Plantation is approximately 35 miles south near Woodruff, SC.

Historic Brattonsville is approximately 50 miles east in McConnels, SC.

Local Partners & Information Resources

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

The Gaffney Visitors Center and Art Gallery

National Scenic Byways

Palmetto Conservation Foundation

SC State Parks

Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau

Spartanburg County Chamber of Commerce


Did You Know?

John Eager Howard

Baltimore, Maryland is built on land once owned by Lieutenant Colonel John Eager Howard, Continental commander at the Battle of Cowpens.