NEW OPERATING HOURS
Effective 9.29.13: Visitor Center is CLOSED Mondays & Tuesdays. Wednesdays - Sundays, the Visitor Center will be OPEN 9 AM - 4 PM. Star Fort Pond is CLOSED 9 AM Sundays – 9 AM Tuesdays. Park grounds open dawn to dusk. Gates lock at 5 PM.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did Ninety Six get it's name?
There are several legends surrounding how Ninety Six got its name. One romanticized legend revolves around an Indian named Cateechee. She supposedly learned of an Indian attack & rode to warn her British boyfriend. As she traveled she named the streams & found her boyfriend at a trading post at the 96th stream. This supposedly happened in 1760 during the Cherokee War, but we have historic evidence that in 1730 George Hunter, who was the Surveyor General, made a map that marked the area as Ninety Six. The area was believed to be 96 miles from the lower Cherokee Indian town of Keowee (near where Clemson, SC is today).
Are dogs allowed in the Park?
Yes, as long as they are on a leash & under control at all times.
Do you have reenactments?
We have Living History events, not battle reenactments. See Special events for more information.
Do you allow camping in the Park?
No, but Lake Greenwood State Park is nearby. See Lodging for more information.
How long does it take to walk the Historic trail?
What should I do if I have trouble walking? Can I still enjoy the trail?
Where are the soldiers buried?
Do you have a list of participants in the battles?
Did You Know?
Only 20% of musket balls fired during battle did any damage. The British bayonet was considered the deadliest weapon of its time. It did so much damage soldiers were most likely to bleed to death. the 1781 Battle for Star Fort was one of the fiercest bayonet fights of the war.