Cherokee Path

Trail Activities: t

  • Walk
  • Hike


1.5 miles


One Way



Difficulty: Easy

Trail Features: t

  • Parking
  • Visitor Center
  • Point of Interest
  • Handicap Access
  • Information Sign
  • Pets
  • No Fee
  • No Camping


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.

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From the trail sign between the fort and the footbridge on the Historic Trail, begin this rolling, wooded, well-marked, out-and-back trail, which crosses ground that was once a major battlefield. Blue blazes provide direction as you cross intersecting paths and firebreaks. You will walk through tall grass, skirt an open field, and pass under a canopy of oak and pine trees where you may see a variety of wildlife such as birds, turtles, lizards, and snakes. When you reach the pond, you can return the way you came, or make a loop by returning on the Star Fort Pond Trail.

Restrooms, water and maps are available at the Visitors’ Center, which includes a museum and gift shop. Insect repellent is recommended during warm weather. Pets are allowed on a leash.

Hours: Gate is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Park outside the gate for dawn to dusk access.


From the intersection of SC 34 and SC 248 in Ninety Six, drive south on SC 248 for 2 miles. The entrance to the park is on the left.

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Ninety Six National Historic Site | P. O. Box 496, Ninety Six, SC 29666 | (864) 543-4068 | Email

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