Top 10 Things To Do In Kings Mountain, North Carolina

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Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina lies a quaint suburban city by the name of Kings Mountain. At one point in history, the revolutionary Battle of Kings Mountain was fought here, giving this growing city its name. This hidden gem is home to the ever-so-picturesque nature trails which never ceases to amaze. Be transported to a world where lush greenery surrounds you, tranquil views amaze you and pristine fresh air runs through your lungs. Here in Kings Mountain, you’ll find that the perfect escape awaits you. Pack your backpack, bring your family and friends, and visit Kings Mountain for an adventure! Read on to find out the best things to do in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.

1. Find your zen by fishing at Moss Lake

Located in Kings Mountains on the border of Shelby, Moss Lake prides itself as a popular fishing spot that has hosted numerous fishing competitions for fishing enthusiasts, young and old. Known for its abundance of bass and crappie, those who try their hand at fishing won’t be disappointed. Prepare a hearty picnic basket for a fun-filled day of fishing and water skiing, and end the day with a swim!

Fishing at Moss Lake

Address: 2621 Oak Grove Road Shelby, NC 28150

Website: Moss Lake

Opening hours: 8 am - 4.30 pm (daily)

Price: Free

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2. Savour a glass of wine at the Veronet Vineyard & Winery

Plan your perfect day at Veronet Vineyard & Winery for the best selection of wines in Kings Mountain. Sit back and enjoy a glass of wine while taking in panoramic views of Crowders Mountain and The Pinnacle the entire afternoon. Bring along your beloved four-legged pets, and have an unforgettable picnic!

Drink wine at Veronet Vineyard & Winery

Address: 1549 Ike Brooks Drive Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Website: Veronet Vineyard & Winery

Opening hours: Fri: 12- 6pm; Sat: 10am - 6pm; Sun 12 - 6pm

Price: Free entry

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3. Hike up Crowders Mountain State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park - panoramio (1)
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The incredible 5,216-acre (2,111-hectare) Crowders Mountain State Park encompasses both Crowders Mountain and The Pinnacle. This is the perfect spot for hiking and rock-climbing while being surrounded by the best nature has to offer. Be mesmerized by the views from two peaks, both of which offer unobstructed vistas that stretch in every direction. If you’re lucky, you can make out the high rises in uptown Charlotte on a clear day. Take a stroll by the lake with a pair of binoculars in hand for some bird watching!

Hike up Crowders Mountain State Park

Address: 522 Park Office Lane Kings Mountain, NC 28086 (Sparrow Springs Access and Visitor Centre)

Website: Crowders Mountain State Park

Opening hours: Dec - Feb: 8am - 6pm; Mar - April: 8am - 8pm; May - Sept: 8am - 9pm; Oct: 8am - 8pm; Nov: 8am - 7pm

Price: Free

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4. Get a lesson in history at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Immerse yourself in a history lesson at Kings Mountain Historical Museum. Housed in a beautiful old post office building, the museum consists of artefacts that illustrate the unique history of Kings Mountain and its inhabitants. Exhibits and guided tours await you! Don’t miss the two relocated 19th-century structures, the Robert Barber House and the George W. Cornwell House, standing behind the museum. Stroll the grounds, and capture some Instagram worthy pictures for the road!

History lesson at Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Address: 100 E Mountain St, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA

Website: Kings Mountain Historical Museum

Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed Sun - Mon)

Price: Free

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5. Break a sweat hiking the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail is a beautiful trail that stretches 7.5 miles (12 kilometres). This trail provides a great view of Crowders and Kings Mountain from the top of Cardio Hill. Perfect for hiking and biking, anyone can clock in a workout! If hiking is not your cup of tea, fire up the grill and indulge in some barbecue outdoors. Just be sure to watch the fire!

Scale Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Address: 807 S Battleground Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, United States

Website: Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

Opening hours: Dawn to dusk (daily)

Price: Free

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6. Live a day as a lineman at International Lineman's Museum

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If you’re a museum lover and you’re looking for a fascinating display of antique equipment, set aside a couple of hours to visit International Lineman’s Museum. This establishment pays homage to the brave men who risk their lives as a lineman and their contributions to the electrical utility industry. If you have linemen in your family, this would be the perfect opportunity to understand the importance of their job. Be sure to explore the memorial garden on the museum grounds. Be mesmerized by the names of the Hall of Fame inductees inscribed within a solid piece of black granite. In the garden, stands the large town clock and the memorial Tear Drop that’s worth a visit.

International Lineman's Museum

Address: 529 Caleb Rd, Shelby, NC 28152, United States

Website: International Lineman's Museum

Opening hours: Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm

Price: Free entry

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7. Go back in time at the Kings Mountain State Park Living History Farm

Ever wanted to experience what farm life was like back in the 19th century? Look no further. Just a mere 1.5-mile (0.9-kilometre) hike within the Kings Mountain State Park, you’ll find the Living History Farm. This quiet living history site features a collection of original farm buildings from the 19th century. Be transported into a new world as you walk the grounds which includes a two-story farmhouse, a barn, a cotton gin and a blacksmith store. If you hear some crowing, don’t be alarmed! Live roosters can be found on the Living History Farm in the barn. Keep a lookout for them.

Kings Mountain State Park Living History Farm

Address: 1277 Park RD Blacksburg, SC 29702

Website: Kings Mountain State Park Living History Farm

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

Price: Adults: 3 USD; SC seniors: 1.50 USD; Children (aged 6-15): 1 USD; Children (age 5 & younger): free

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8. Have a movie marathon at Hound’s DriveIn

Tired of going into the cinema halls for a movie? Try Hound’s DriveIn instead! Enjoy the latest movies from the comfort of your vehicle. Complete your drive-in theatre experience with a trip to the concession stand filled with quintessentially American snacks such as corn dogs and slim jims. Rain or shine, Hound’s DriveIn will air movies. Take your family out for a perfect movie night under the stars or cuddle with your date during a drive-in date night. Don’t miss out on the beauty of a drive-in experience!

Hound's DriveIn

Address: 114 Raven Circle, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA

Website: Hound's DriveIn

Opening hours: Movies start at Dusk on Fridays and Saturdays

Price: 20 USD per carload

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9. Chow down at 238 Cherokee Grill

Located just across the street from Patriot’s Park in downtown Kings Mountain, 238 Cherokee Grill is an exceptional all-American restaurant for patrons of all ages. The dining establishment can accommodate intimate dinners and group dinners; and for those who just need to grab a quick drink, simply head over to the bar. The menu includes an impressive array of salads, sandwiches, and a wide selection of entrees for meat and seafood lovers alike. Don’t forget to ask for their daily specials before ordering. You might just be in for a delicious surprise!

238 Cherokee Grill

Address: 222 S Railroad Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, United States

Website: 238 Cherokee Grill

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat 11am - 10pm

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10. Let your imagination run wild at Kings Mountain Little Theatre

Set foot in a vintage 1950s theatre in the heart of Kings Mountain and catch one of many locally produced shows available. Be blown away by the local, young talent Kings Mountain has to offer and watch as they bring stories to live right from the Joy Performance Centre. A trip to the Kings Mountain Little Theatre is the perfect way to spend some quality family time together.

Kings Mountain Little Theatre

Address: Joy Performance Centre at 202 S Railroad Ave, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, United States

Website: Kings Mountain Little Theatre

Price: Varies according to shows

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What are you waiting for?

Witness the magnificent beauty Kings Mountain has to offer and return more revitalised than ever! There’s bound to be an activity or two that will leave you wanting for more.

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