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Musgrove Mill State Historic Site

Musgrove Mill  State Historic Site

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site’s peaceful setting in the Piedmont woods stands in sharp contrast to the bloody struggle waged there on Aug. 19, 1780. A group of 200 Patriot militiamen rode to strike what they thought was an equal number of Loyalists at Musgrove Mill on the Enoree River. Instead, they found themselves badly outnumbered, the Tories having been joined by 300 provincial regulars from the British post at Ninety Six.

Retreat was impossible, a frontal assault suicidal. So the Patriot forces took a strong defensive position and lured the Loyalists into a fierce fight that turned into a near rout after the British attack collapsed.

The park’s visitor center is filled with interpretive exhibits which focus on the Battle of Musgrove Mill and also detail South Carolina’s pivotal role in the Revolutionary War.

The park’s nature trail highlights the Enoree River, Cedar Shoals Creek and Horseshoe Falls, where legend has it Mary Musgrove, the mill owner’s daughter, hid a Patriot soldier from the British. The park also offers picnicking and a popular fishing pond.

Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, located not far off Interstate 26 near Clinton, regularly holds special events, including encampments and living history programs.


  • Must See: Yes


  • Admission: Free admission
  • Days and Hours of Operation: Main Gate: 9am-6pm, daily
    Horseshoe Falls Road Area: sunrise to sundown, daily

  • Visitor Center: F-Su, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other days vary depending on season and available staff. For more information on Visitor Center hours, contact the park at (864) 938-0100, or The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.


  • Driving Directions: From I-26 Westbound: Take exit 52 for SC 56 Cross Anchor/Clinton. Turn right onto HWY 56 and drive north for 6 miles. The park entrance will be on the left.

    From I-26 Eastbound: Take exit 38 for HWY 146 Cross Anchor. Turn left onto HWY 146. Drive east for 6 miles and turn right onto HWY 56. Drive south for three miles and the park entrance will be on the right.

    From I-385: Take I-385 to I-26 E. Take exit 52. Take a left onto HWY 56 and travel for 6 miles. The park entrance will be on the left.

  • River Location: Yes
  • Counties: Laurens, Spartanburg and Union counties
  • Acreage: 397
  • Miles to Nearest Hospital: 16
  • Miles to Nearest Town: 5


  • Charleston, SC: 163
  • Columbia, SC: 55
  • Florence, SC: 136
  • Greenville, SC: 38
  • Charlotte, NC: 90
  • Raleigh, NC: 258
  • Atlanta, GA: 168
  • Augusta, GA: 80
  • Savannah, GA: 192


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Contact Information

398 State Park RD
Clinton,SC 29325
Phone: (864) 938-0100
Laurens CountyClinton