Revolutionary War troops fought in cities, towns, and rural areas throughout South Carolina. They endured sweltering summers, chilly winters, and the challenges of navigating forests and swamps. You, too, will be out in nature during your visits to battle sites along the Liberty Trail. To help you prepare for and enjoy your experience, please review our recommendations, below.
South Carolina has a mainly humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild to cold winters. Day temperatures for the summer months are often above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 C) but may seem hotter due to the humidity. Winter temperatures range from mild to cold, depending on your location, with daily highs averaging around 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14.4C). Spring and autumn are lovely times to visit, although there may be occasional rain inland. Coastal areas get more rainfall in summer. It is always best to check the daily weather of your specific destination and dress appropriately. It is wise to pack rain gear for unexpected storms and bring sunscreen, hats, and other protective covering during the summer months.
It is important to carry an ample supply of water with you when out on the battlefields or hiking battlefield trails, especially in the warm months. Many sites do not have visitors’ centers, drinking fountains, or vending machines. Stores may be located miles away. Plan in advance and pack a cooler with any beverage or food items you might require during your visit. Stay hydrated!
Many Revolutionary War battles in South Carolina occurred in remote areas, swamps, and woods. Travel to some of these locations may take you along rural roads, some narrow and unpaved. Please check the route before heading out and use caution when driving the backroads. Local traffic may approach quickly and suddenly. Storms can cause flooding and road closures. Park well off the road and exit your vehicle carefully. Keep your cell phone charged and check for weather and traffic updates.
Trail and Other Safety Tips
Many battlefields require a lot of walking or feature hiking trails. Check the distance and elevation of trails before starting your hike as some may be long and steep. Wear long pants and sleeves when going into woods and swamps, as well as socks and boots or closed-toes shoes. Tread carefully, as you may come across poison ivy or an occasional snake (don’t worry, snakes generally won’t harm you unless provoked). At beaches, rivers, and other waterways, heed signs about tides, currents, and swimming hazards.
Animals and Insects
South Carolina is hot, humid, and buggy, so insect repellent is essential. As you tour fields and swamps, watch out for raised, coned-shaped mounds of dirt. They probably house fire ants, which sting. The ants will not bother you unless you disturb them, so simply steer clear of their nests. On rare occasions, you might encounter snakes or alligators if you explore deeply wooded or marshy areas. Don’t panic. Simply be aware of the wildlife around you and keep away. Animals generally retreat from humans unless threatened.
Restrooms, Recreation, and Other Amenities
Some battlefields do not have onsite restrooms or sheltered areas. Others have a wealth of visitor services, including picnic areas, boat rentals, and interpretive programs. We also list itineraries to enhance your visit on our website, with more recommendations on the way. Scope out all the possibilities to ensure a comfortable and memorable experience. Have fun!
The “Voice” on the App
The initial release of the Liberty Trail App uses a computer-generated voice in audio recordings of the text. Occasionally, you might encounter small glitches or awkward passages. Please bear with us. These recordings will soon be replaced by new files read by professional actors. Thank you for your patience.
The Tour Stops
Many of the sites along The Liberty Trail have multiple tour stops. We recommend starting with the first stop and following them in order.