13 Oct Cherokee Path (Ninety Six Historic Site)
LENGTH: 1.5 miles one way
TRAILHEAD: 34.14555, -82.01853
PETS PERMITTED: Yes
RESTROOMS: Yes, at the park visitor center
The Cherokee Path is a 1.5 mile trail from point to point. It was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the backcountry and the Carolina coast. Today, you can hike the existing Cherokee Path at Ninety Six just as Native Americans and explorers did.
This trail is on the grounds of the Ninety Six Historic Site where the first southern land battle of the American Revolutionary War. It was on these grounds that settlers struggled against the harsh backcountry to survive. Cherokee Indians hunted and fought to keep their land. Two towns and a trading post were formed then abandoned to the elements. And, it was on these grounds that two Revolutionary War battles claimed over 100 lives. The Cherokee Path is a 1.5 mile trail that was once a direct route for traders and trappers, Native Americans, and settlers to exchange merchandise between the backcountry and the Carolina coast. The visitor center hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Wednesday – Sunday. The visitor center is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. However, if you park outside of the front gate you may visit the park grounds from daylight to dusk. The gates are locked from 4:30 pm until 8:00 am daily.