Moores Creek National Battlefield
The Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, coupled with the Battle of Sullivans Island near Charleston, SC a few months later, ultimately led the 13 colonies to declare independence on July 4, 1776. The battle is commemorated annually during the last full weekend in February. The event features living history encampments, weapons demonstrations, colonial and military music and a wreath laying ceremony. Various programs, including talks, walks, colonial music and demonstrations are held on summer weekends. Guided tours for educational groups, military groups, and other groups are available with an advanced reservations. Throughout the park, remnants remain of the 1776 road traveled by patriot and loyalist forces. A one-mile trail with wayside exhibits leads through the battlefield and across Moores Creek. The historic bridge site is located along the trail. The park offers a visitor center with exhibits and audio-visual program; a three-tenth mile colonial forest trail, and a picnic area.
The park is located on N.C. 210 about three miles west of U.S. 421. The park also is accessible from I-40 by taking NC 210 west about 15 miles to the park. The park is approximately 20 miles NW from Wilmington, North Carolina, a city of 55,000 people.