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.
The park (including parking lot and restrooms) is closed on the following upcoming holidays: Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.
One of the best ways to enjoy the park is to walk or hike one of the trails located in the park. Pick up this information in the visitor center or open and download the following.
Hiking Trails & Hiking Safety. This provides a list of some of the park's trails as well as essential safety messages.
Historical Trail Map. This is the map found in the park's official brochure. The trail is a one-mile paved loop.
The Gouedy Trail Map. The Gouedy Trail is a 1.5 mile loop that leads you to areas such as Robert Gouedy's trading post, James Gouedy's grave site, and Ninety Six Creek.
The Cherokee Path. The Cherokee Path is a 1.5 mile trail from point to point. It was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the backcountry and the Carolina coast. Today, you can hike the existing Cherokee Path at Ninety Six just as Native Americans and explorers.
The Fishermans Trail. This trail travels around the Star Fort Pond and provides access to the the lake at several points.
Hamiliton's Survey Line (1751). Visitors can walk a very small portion of Hamilton's survey line. Located behind the Star Fort, the path is approximately .02 mile long.
Horseback Riding Regulations and Trails: Use the above link for the full size version. Click here for the smaller version that can go in your pocket!
History Hurts. Did you know that history can hurt? Ninety Six NHS is a special place. It is a monument to the people who lived, fought, and died here. Some of the historic structures and features are fragile and so are you! Please keep yourself and the structures from being injured on your visit.
Bridging the Language Divide. This site bulletin explores the language barrier between traders and Cherokee.
Backcountry Shopping. Learn about Cherokee trade in the backcountry.
African Americans played a vital role in all major events occuring at Ninety Six.
The Southern Campaign is an often ignored but significant aspect of the Revolutionary War and its outcomes.
More than Uniformity. Read these this document to find out how 18th century uniforms served as protection and identification.
Artwork by Robert Windsor Wilson is on display in the visitor center theater. Use this to help you learn more about the paintings.
Thaddeus Kosciuszko & Pure Son of Liberty focuses on the life of Kosciuszko and his role at Ninety Six.
The Past is Our Common Destiny emphasizes the preservation and protection of our past and our future by preventing illegal activities.
Protecting the Past encourages us to "give a hoot and don't loot" because archeological resources belong to all of us.
Archeological Resource Protection Act strengthened proceedures for conducting archeological fieldwork on federal lands. It also established more rigorous fines and penalties for unauthorized excavation on federal land. Take only memories - leave only footprints.
Another Kind of Living History. Ninety Six is not only home to the living history of the settlement and Siege of Ninety Six but also home to the living history of the plants and trees in the park.
Birds at Star Fort Pond is a guide to help identify some of the avian species you may encounter at the Star Fort Pond.
Snakes at Ninety Six is a guide to help identify some of the snake species who inhabit the park.
Did You Know?
The Star Fort was built in late 1780 & completed in early 1781 by Loyalist soldiers & slaves. The eight point Star Fort walls were originally 14 feet in height. The Star Fort was one of the most difficult to construct.