Kings Mountain NC is located in Gaston County west of Charlotte and southwest of Gastonia off US 29/75 SR 1125.
Kings Mountain National Military Park is a national military park located just over the SC border. It is the site of a decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1780. There is a visitor center a park office, a monument within the park. In addition, there are picnic areas, a monument, camping and a living history farm. A trail follows the route of the Patriots and passes Patrick Ferguson's grave (see below) as well as several monuments.
Brief History of the Battle - Facts and Information
The British Officer in command of the Loyalists' militia, sent word to the Patriot militia to lay down their arms or suffer the consequences. The response of the Patriot militia was a rally to arms. Men, known as Overmountain men, came from over the mountains of WNC (thus named overmountain men) to battle Ferguson and his Loyalist militia. Other militia in the South also responded.
After Ferguson figured out that the Patriots were not going to surrender, he tried to retreat. However, the over the mountain boys caught up with Ferguson's militia at Kings Mountain. The Patriots surrounded the Loyalists resulting in a quick and decisive battle. Ferguson was killed early in the battle. The Patriots gave no quarter. The significance of the battle was that it raised the morale of the Patriots and the British troops under Cornwalis had to retreat to South Carolina.
The grave of Major Patrick Ferguson is located on the mountain. Legend says Ferguson, swore he would never leave the mountain. It is customary for visitors to leave a stone on Ferguson's grave so he won't be able to leave.
Other Attractions in the Area
Crowders Mountain State Park
Crowders mountain has sheer cliffs with over looks, a lake, hiking trails, rock climbing, camping and picnic areas