South Carolina Parks
National Historic Site
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Charles Pinckney was a principal author and a signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a "forgotten founder," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans on South Carolina Lowcountry plantations and their influences on Charles Pinckney.
Astonishing biodiversity exists in Congaree National Park, the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States. Waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain, carrying nutrients and sediments that nourish and rejuvenate this ecosystem and support the growth of national and state champion trees.
“…our success was complete…” -- Daniel Morgan to Nathanael Greene, January 19, 1781 A pasturing area at the time of the battle, this Revolutionary War site commemorates the place where Daniel Morgan and his army turned the flanks of Banastre Tarleton's British army. This classic military tactic, known as a double envelopment, was one of only a few in history.
Charleston Harbor, SC
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Cultural Heritage Corridor
Designated by Congress in 2006, the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends from Wilmington, North Carolina in the north to Jacksonville, Florida in the south. It is home to one of America's most unique cultures, a tradition first shaped by captive Africans brought to the southern United States from West Africa and continued in later generations by their descendents.
National Military Park
Thomas Jefferson called it "The turn of the tide of success." The battle of Kings Mountain, fought October 7th, 1780, was an important American victory during the Revolutionary War. The battle was the first major patriot victory to occur after the British invasion of Charleston, SC in May 1780. The park preserves the site of this important battle.
National Historic Site
Ninety Six, SC
Here settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive. Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land, two towns and a trading post were formed and abandoned to the elements. Two Revolutionary War battles that claimed over 100 lives took place at this location.
National Historic Trail
Stretching 330 miles through four states (Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina) the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail traces the route used by patriot militia during the pivotal Kings Mountain campaign of 1780. Follow the campaign by utilizing a Commemorative Motor Route which uses existing state highways marked with the distinctive trail logo, or 87 miles of walkable pathways.
National Heritage Corridor
By The Numbers
- 6 national parks
- 1,519,746 visitors to national parks
- $81,100,000 economic benefit from national park tourism »
- 1,511 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $313,533,907 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 36,175 hours donated by volunteers »
- 2 National Heritage Areas »
- 6 National Natural Landmarks »
- 76 National Historic Landmarks »
- $61,416,357 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 7,850 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $32,070,571 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 27 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 1,162 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 1,057,567 objects in national park museum collections »
- 7 threatened and endangered species in national parks »
- 101 archeological sites in national parks »
- 34 Certified Local Governments »
- 5 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 6 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/14.