Crowders Mountain State Park

Kings Mountain, North Carolina

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As the closest, most dramatic mountain park to Charlotte, “Crowders” lives up to its name. Park attendance has skyrocketed in recent years. Rangers increasingly warn of parking delays on nice weekends—so you might want to have a backup destination or consider visiting off-season or on weekdays. Great mountain scenery and easy access make Crowders worth the extra effort. A few years ago this park encompassed only two major peaks, but now it spans the entire Kings Mountain Range.Like other monadnock parks, Crowders is a great place for birding, especially in spring.
Hiking North Carolina

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Hiking North Carolina

by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)

As the closest, most dramatic mountain park to Charlotte, “Crowders” lives up to its name. Park attendance has skyrocketed in recent years. Rangers increasingly warn of parking delays on nice weekends—so you might want to have a backup destination or consider visiting off-season or on weekdays.

Great mountain scenery and easy access make Crowders worth the extra effort. A few years ago this park encompassed only two major peaks, but now it spans the entire Kings Mountain Range.Like other monadnock parks, Crowders is a great place for birding, especially in spring.

© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Kings Mountain
Distance: 1-8 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Ln., Kings Mountain 28086; (704) 853-5375; ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/crmo/main.php. Kings Mountain National Military Park; nps.gov/kimo/index.htm. Kings Mountain State Park; southcarolinaparks.com/kingsmountain/introduction.aspx
Local Maps: USGS Kings Mountain, Gastonia South, and Grover. Download a trail map at the park’s website; state park map/brochure available at the park office.
Driving Directions: Directions to Crowders Mountain State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

2/19/2009
1

Beautiful trails! Not as isolated but still beautiful. The "stairway to heaven" to the top of Pinnacle trail is difficult but is worth it when you get to the top.


10/26/2008
0

I've done this park a handful of times over the last two years. Most recent trip was up 0.9 mile Backside Trail. Trail is a 12' wide service road, typically used by climbers. Beautiful view of trees and Charlotte, NC skyline in the distance.


11/20/2007
0

I had a great day here, dry and sunny I must of meet a dozen or so people here, all quite friendly. Be ready to climb a little. The view was great.


12/29/2006
0

This is a great day hike if you live in the Charlotte area. Most people will be able to reach the Vistor Center in about 40 minutes. There are several hikes, but my favorite is taking the Rocky Top trail to the summit and returning on Crowders Trail (White Blaze). The round trip is about 4-5 miles and takes 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace. This is a great cool weather hike because the views are excellent after the leaves have fallen.


1/15/2003
0

kings offers a great quick workout. starts off very easy and finishes like a king.



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