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Scientific Investigations Map 2981

Geologic Map of the Kings Mountain and Grover Quadrangles, Cleveland and Gaston Counties, North Carolina, and Cherokee and York Counties, South Carolina

By J. Wright Horton, Jr.

Published 2008
USGS Scientific Investigations Pamphlet and link to report PDF (2,216 KB)


The geologic map of the Kings Mountain and Grover 7.5-min quadrangles covers an area in the Piedmont physiographic province along the North Carolina-South Carolina border. The map area straddles a regional geological boundary between the Inner Piedmont terrane and the Kings Mountain sequence of the Carolina terrane. The Kings Mountain and Grover quadrangles are located along the Interstate Route 85 corridor. They encompass most of Kings Mountain National Military Park, S.C. (the site of the October 7, 1780, Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution), much of Kings Mountain State Park, S.C., and Crowders Mountain State Park, N.C. The area has a remarkable diversity of rock formations and mineral resources, and mining has played a significant role in its history from the 1700s to the present. Field-trip guides are available in Horton and Butler (1977, 1986), Horton and others (1981), and LaPoint (1992).

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First posted February 2009

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Horton, J.W., Jr., 2008, Geologic map of the Kings Mountain and Grover quadrangles, Cleveland and Gaston Counties, North Carolina, and Cherokee and York Counties, South Carolina: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2981, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000, with 15-p. pamphlet, available online at

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