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T H E G O O D WA L K
FACING PAGE: The battle took place on Green River Road on a cold winter day.
IMMEDIATELY BELOW: Interpretive signs tell the story.
LOWER: A portion of the walking trail is paved with a soft, rubbery material.

WHEN YOU

GO

DIRECTIONS: Take I-85 Exit 92 at
Gaffney and follow SC 11 westward
for close to 10 miles; turn left into the
battlefield entrance.
MORE INFORMATION: A park
map may be found onnps.gov/cowp/
planyourvisit/maps.htm.

The battle lasted barely an hour, but it provided a morale boost for
Americans that led to the British defeat at Yorktown in November.

River Road that the British used during the battle. Interpretive signs placed along the way describe what was
happening at various times and what types of soldiers-
members of the Continental Army, Colonial volunteers,
Americans fighting for the English King and British dragoons and artillery men-were engaged in the fight.
The trail turns off the road onto a pathway paved
with a rubbery material, making the walking soft and
spongy as it passes through a recently planted rivercane
area. The hope is that it will grow into a mature stand.
During the traverse of the optional two-mile nature
trail, we came across a canebrake (today a mixture of
native and invasive bamboo) that vividly showed how
impossible it would have been for soldiers to retreat into
such a thicket. A flock of turkeys scratched the ground
nearby in search of food, while we were amused by the
antics of a jumping frog.
And this is why I so support the idea of national historic sites. They not only present the stories of our country, but also conserve large tracts for the natural world
to survive. Cowpens has a population of the threatened
dwarf-flowered heartleaf, contains more than a dozen
acres of wetlands and provides habitat for gray foxes and
more than 20 species of birds of conservation concern.
Back at the visitor center, Laurie demonstrably placed
the Cowpens stamp in her book saying, "Two down,
only 417 more to go."
Find out more about Leonard's walking and hiking adventures at www.habitualhiker.com.

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