Park Etiquette: Taking Care of Cowpens National Battlefield

Before visiting the park, please review these rules of park etiquette with your students.

Cowpens National Battlefield belongs to everyone.
You and your class have a responsibility to take care of Cowpens National Battlefield. This responsibility is shared with all park visitors. We would like to have everyone practice the three R's while visiting the park: Respect, Responsibility and Reason.

Leave No Trace
This summarizes a park and popular outdoor recreation ethic that reminds everyone to be responsible for their actions and leave the park unaltered so that it may be enjoyed by future generations.

Never pick flowers, pull leaves from trees, or touch any animals in the park.
Like all National Parks, Cowpens National Battlefield was created to protect all of its features from human disturbance. Imagine if everyone who came to Cowpens picked flowers, there may be none left for you to see. Safety is another consideration. Some plants may be poisonous and many "cute" animals carry diseases or can be dangerous when frightened or provoked. There are places outside of the parks where collecting ecological samples may be appropriate. In our National Parks, however, all objects are to be left alone for our enjoyment and that of future generations.

Running, yelling, and horseplay are not appropriate in a national park.
You share the park with other citizens of the United States and the world. Quiet, respectful visitation is expected in the park. We want you to have fun and enjoy your visit to Cowpens National Battlefield, but remember that Cowpens is an outdoor museum, not a playground.

Your safety is important to us, and to those who come after you. Stay on the trails.
Have you ever heard the saying, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?" At Cowpens National Battlefield, that means to pay attention to your surroundings, where you are walking and what you are doing so that you can prevent injury to yourself and others and prevent the need for medical care. If you were to have an accident in the park, it would no doubt ruin your day. However, it would also affect many other people. Rescue operations are very expensive and frequently endanger rescuers, inconvenience other park visitors and can completely change your group's plans.

Watch the weather and dress appropriately.
When touring the park, be aware of the weather. Wear appropriate walking shoes and outerwear.

Help us preserve the park for future generations.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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338 New Pleasant Road

Gaffney, SC 29341


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