Nestled in the northern hills of South Carolina is over 6,800 acres of untouched natural beauty waiting to be explored by RVers at Kings Mountain State Park. The rolling hills of this state park offer over 20 miles of hiking trails and 30 miles of equestrian trails. Lake York and Lake Crawford are popular destinations you won’t want to miss on your motorhome vacation, where you can go fishing and paddling. You can step back in time and explore a historical garden and living history farm. This replica farm provides a glimpse into 19th century life, complete with a blacksmith, barn, and farm animals. This state park is conveniently located next to Kings Mountain National Military Park, where you can discover the history of the Revolutionary War.
When you take a camper road trip to Kings Mountain State Park you can have all sorts of outdoor adventure. You can hike on the 16-mile loop called the Kings Mountain Hiking Trail, where you can take in amazing views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, hardwood forests, and streams. The Kings Mountain Horse Trail is a 20-mile loop, where you can enjoy beautiful scenery of rolling hills while riding on horseback. The one-mile loop of the Kings Mountain Nature Trail is the best spot to catch a glimpse of native wildlife like deer, rabbits, and wild turkey. You’ll love an RV visit to Kings Mountain State Park any time of year with warm summers and mild winters.
RV Rentals in Kings Mountain State Park
Transportation in Kings Mountain State Park
You can get to Kings Mountain State Park from I-85 and I-77, since it's conveniently located off of Highway 161. Local roads within the park will take you anywhere you want to go including the campsites, Living History Farm, trail heads, and lakes. While the park is located in a mountainous region, there are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park.
There are three main parking lots located in the park. You can park near the Living History Farm, the picnic area, and the Trading Post. There is also Equestrian Day Use Parking located near the Equestrian Camp.
Campgrounds and parking in Kings Mountain State Park
Campsites in Kings Mountain State Park
Kings Mountain State Park Campground
Kings Mountain State Park features 115 sites that are open to tents and RVs up to 40 feet long. These campsites offer hookups for electricity and water. There are also 10 additional tent-only sites. Each site provides a picnic table and access to a fire ring or grill. This pet-friendly campground features restrooms, hot showers, and a dump station. You can use the playground, picnic areas, horseshoes, basketball, and volleyball courts located on-site. You will also enjoy easy access to hiking trails and fishing on Lake Crawford. Reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Reservations can be made from the same day to 13 months in advance.
There are no First-Come, First-Served campgrounds at Kings Mountain State Park.
Kings Mountain State Park features equestrian camping so you can bring your horse on your camper trip to South Carolina. There are 15 campsites in the pet-friendly equestrian campground that feature grills and fire rings. The campground provides shared water and restrooms are located nearby. You will enjoy easy access to 30 miles of horseback riding trails. You must stay for at least one night in the equestrian campground. Reservations can be made from the same day to 13 months in advance.
If you prefer to stay outside of the park you can stay at one of the many private campgrounds or RV parks located nearby. The experience of these accommodations may range from rustic to resort-like. You might be able to enjoy a range of modern amenities like wireless internet, cable TV, and swimming pools.
Seasonal activities in Kings Mountain State Park
Kings Mountain State Park is a haven for novice and expert hikers alike. Once you park your RV at the trail head you can trek out on over 20 miles of hiking trails. One of the most popular trails is the moderately difficult Kings Mountain Hiking Trail, which is a 16-mile loop that provides gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you’re looking for an easy route you would like the Kings Mountain Nature Trail, where you can spot local wildlife and birds. The Living Farm History Trail is another easy route covering 1.5 miles, where you can see a 19th century replica farm.
Kings Mountain State Park is well known for its opportunities for equestrians. If you are bringing your horses in your trailer you will love the chance to go horseback riding on over 30 miles of trails through hilly forests. There are even 15 equestrian campsites on-site so you can stay overnight with your horses.
You will want to bring your fishing gear in your camper since you can bait your hook at the 65-acre Lake York. You can also fish along the banks of the 13-acre Lake Crawford. You’ll have the chance to catch bass, crappie, and catfish. A South Carolina fishing license is required.
If you are in the mood for aquatic adventure during your RV road trip to Kings Mountain State Park you can bring your own non-motorized boat or rent canoes and kayaks on-site. There are boat launches located at both Lake York and Lake Crawford, so you can coast along the enchanting waters of the park surrounded by awe-inspiring mountainous forests.
Visit the Living History Farm
A must-see during your RV trip to Kings Mountain State Park is the Living History Farm, which is a replica of an 19th century farm. You can take a self-guided tour and check out the barn, cotton gin, blacksmith, weave shop, and garden. The kids will love to see the farm animals and crops and herbs in the garden.
If you are bringing your bike in your trailer you can cycle on any of the paved roads within the park. You can take in breathtaking views of the the lakes or stop to gaze at the beautiful hilly forests that surround you. Although bikes are not allowed on the nature trails, you can still take a thrilling ride on any of the paved roads within the park.
If you want to picnic surrounded by nature’s bounty, an RV trip to Kings Mountain State Park is just the ticket. The picnic area is located near the campground, offering stunning views of Lake Crawford and the woodlands of the park. You can use picnic tables and grills located on-site.
Wildlife Viewing and Birding
Make sure you bring your binoculars in your camper if you want to see some fascinating local wildlife during your RV vacation to South Carolina. The one-mile Kings Mountain Nature Trail is one of the best spots to see native wildlife in the forests and hillside including rabbits and deer. You can also see wild turkeys and waterfowl at the lakes.
If you are looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy, you should go geocaching during your motorhome escape to Kings Mountain State Park. Geocaching is a modern day treasure hunt where you use GPS coordinates found on websites to find trinkets hidden in the park. This is a great way to get outdoors and explore the lesser traveled areas of the park.
Even during the cooler months, there are still plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation during your RV visit to this beautiful state park. If you want to shoot some hoops at the basketball court, play a round of volleyball, or battle it out at ping pong, you will enjoy the facilities located near the campground. The kids will love playing on the playground, which conveniently located near the picnic area.