Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site Offers Three First Day Hikes

Daniel Prince

Hikes start at 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.

The Battle of Musgrove Mill State Historic Site will bring in the New Year by offering three different First Day Hikes throughout the day on Saturday, January 1.

The first hike will start at 9 and go until 11:15. The hike will go along the 1-1/2-mile Battlefield Trail. The rangers will lead the hike and teach participants about the Revolutionary War in the South Carolina Backcountry and the history of the August 19, 1780 Battle of Musgrove Mill. Those attending need to meet at the park’s Visitor’s Center at 8:45 a.m., and everyone will then drive over to the trail head.

The second hike is scheduled from 1-1:30 p.m. along the Horseshoe Falls ADA Accessible Trail. The half-hour Ranger-guided hike is designed for people of all disabilities. Wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers are encouraged on the ¼-mile hike along the paved, ADA-accessible trail to the overlook of Horseshoe Falls. Those attending this hike will learn about the legend of Horseshoe Falls and the nature that thrives all around it. Those wanting to go on this hike should meet at the Horseshoe Falls parking lot by 1 p.m.

The third hike will go from 2-3 p.m. along the one-mile British Encampment Trail. This hike is aimed toward children. Rangers will teach the kids about the history of the Battle of Musgrove Mill, nature, and trail safety. Following the hike, there will be a chance for the kids to learn how to cook doughboys over an open fire just like Revolutionary War militiamen. The hike is designed for ages 7 and older, but kids of all ages are welcome. Those attending will need to meet at the park’s Visitor’s Center by 2 p.m.

The hikes are free, but the park does ask that you register for the hike or hikes that interest you most by Wednesday, December 29. You can email mgmillsp@scprt.com, or call 864-938-0100. Pets are not allowed on any of the hikes. Please bring bottled water, and wear appropriate shoes and clothing for hiking and the weather.

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