South Carolina's national parks see increased visits in 2016


Ninety Six National Historic Site realized a 47 percent increase in attendance last year.   File photo

The Greenwood Area Chamber of Commerce reported that 118,002 people visited South Carolina's Ninety Six National Historic Site in 2016, the National Park Service’s centennial year.

“Cowpens saw an increase of 3.2 percent, Kings Mountain visitation increased 2.4 percent, but by far the greatest opportunity to increase awareness of the places where the Revolutionary War was won occurred at Ninety Six National Historic Site where the park realized a 47 percent increase at the gate to set a record at 118,002 visitors in 2016," Superintendent John Slaughter said.

To help increase visitation, the historic sites held many small events throughout the year, adding new programs and hosting more local school groups, officials said.

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how the statistics were calculated is available at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park.

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