The park has nine picnic tables available for use on a "first come, first serve" basis.
Eight picnic tables are in a designated area between the Visitor Center and the Stockade Fort; two are ADA accessible. These tables do not have any shelter structure above them but are situated in the shade. Receptacles for trash and recycled materials are nearby. The ninth picnic table is at the Star Fort Pond and is placed under a small shelter.
Parties of more than 15 people must obtain a special use permit.
Use the special use permit application to reserve for organized picnics of 15+ individuals. Unfortunately, we cannot hold dates. The picnic area is available from dawn to dusk. Please read and sign the application and return with the requisite fees (see below). This can only be done in person between 10 am and 4:00 pm at our physical address below or via U.S. Postal Service. When we receive the complete application and fees, you will be notified if it has been approved and asked to sign a binding permit at that time.
Part of the application and permit process is a non-refundable fee of $50 (this covers your Special Use Permit application fee and the reservation of the picnic area), which is required for groups of 15- 75 people. The area cannot accommodate more than 75 people. Payment must be made in the form of a check or money order to the National Park Service. The area is not reserved for your group until the payment is received in our office and we have confirmed your permit has been approved. The fee is waived for curriculum-based school groups and the military. This permit is for the picnic area only, not all surrounding grounds or area. Parking is allowed only in marked spaces.
It is expected that the area, including restrooms, will be left clean and orderly at the conclusion of your use. Adherence to all the rules and regulations governing the battlefield in addition to permit conditions will insure the continued privilege of using the picnic area.
For additional information, contact the Permit Coordinator, located at Cowpens National Battlefield, at 864-461-2828.