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Distance

3 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Easy

Δ Elevation (FT)

Minimal

USGS Quad Map(s):  Ninety Six Park Map

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Ninety Six Cherokee Path

South Carolina

  • Hiking the historic Cherokee Path in Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina.
  • Hiking the historic Cherokee Path in Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina.
  • Hiking the historic Cherokee Path in Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina.

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Cherokee Path in Ninety Six National Historic Site in South Carolina is an easy kid friendly trail that gives a historical look at a Cherokee Trading Road, the longest siege of the Revolutionary War and what life was like on frontier in the 1780s. The trail follows the literal path that was used by settlers to get to the Cherokee village of Keowee. In fact, according folklore, the town of Ninety Six got its name because it was 96 Miles of Keowee. Before heading out on the trail, make sure and stop by the visitor center and pick up a brochure.

History

Ninety Six has a rich and colorful history. It was on the way from Charleston to a large Cherokee village and blossomed into prosperous trading community during the mid 1700s. It was attacked twice during the French and Indian War and was the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War south of New England in 1775. In 1781 Continental Army Major General Nathanael Greene laid siege to Ninety Six for 28 days, the longest of the Revolutionary War and ultimately proved unsuccessful. Today, hikers can explore individual elements of its history through a series of short trails.

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Entrance Free, Donations accepted
Contact: Ninety Six National Historic Site 1103 Hwy 248 S Ninety Six, SC 29666

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