Safety

Your safety is important to us, and to those who come after you.


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.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly, especially during the Spring. Keep an eye on the sky.
  • Summer is hot and humid, so drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks out of the sun.
  • Climbing is unsafe and can damage something that cannot be replaced, including you. Stay on the designated pathways and trails.
  • Watch your step. Many of the surfaces on the walking paths or around the historic structures may be uneven or slippery, especially in the rain.
  • Wear comfortable and sturdy footwear and weather appropriate clothing.
  • As part of the National Park Service, everything here is protected. Don't remove or disturb any part of this historic structures or any living thing.
  • Many kinds of wildlife call the park home. Be sure to give any wildlife you encounter plenty of space. Turn around, if necessary. Don't kill any wildlife.
  • Use insect repellent in the warmer months. Mosquitoes and biting flies and gnats are prevalent. Beware of fire ant mounds.

Park regulations exist for your safety and for the protections of natural and cultural resources. Please obey all park rules and regulations.

  • All plants and animals in the park are fully protected. Regulations prohibit picking and digging of plants, hunting, and metal detecting.
  • Feeding, touching, teasing, frightening, or intentional disburbing of wildlife is prohibited.
  • Use caution driving the loop road. Please remember that you share the road with pedestrians, bicyclists, delivery trucks, tour buses, motor homes, and motorcycles.
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • Bicycles are only allowed on the loop road and parking areas. Bicyclists must wear helmets and must travel in the bicycle lane in the same direction as traffic. A bicycle rack is provided in the Visitor Center parking lot.
  • Pets are not allowed in the buildings and must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and attended at all times. Failing to crate, cage, or restrain a pet on a leash is a violation of federal law.
  • Picnics are only permitted in the picnic area.
  • It is a violation of federal law to climb on monuments.

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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Mailing Address:

Cowpens National Battlefield
338 New Pleasant Road

Gaffney, SC 29341

Phone:

(864) 461-2828

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