Crowders Mountain State Park — Crowders and Rocktop Trails

Kings Mountain, North Carolina

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This is a classic “eat-your-broccoli-and-I-promise-you-something-really-good-for-dessert” kind of trail. And the broccoli is pretty darn tasty as well. At the top there is an aerie roost. A jumble of boulders tops a cliff face with views of the surrounding countryside 800 feet below, mostly the sprawl that is Gastonia and Charlotte to the east and north. In most other places, this would be a place to linger. Not so much here. Plus, if you’re yearning for a quiet retreat, do not come here on the weekend, especially in the fall when the mountain has a tendency to attract folks who LIKE TO TALK LOUD.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

This is a classic “eat-your-broccoli-and-I-promise-you-something-really-good-for-dessert” kind of trail. And the broccoli is pretty darn tasty as well. At the top there is an aerie roost. A jumble of boulders tops a cliff face with views of the surrounding countryside 800 feet below, mostly the sprawl that is Gastonia and Charlotte to the east and north.

In most other places, this would be a place to linger. Not so much here. Plus, if you’re yearning for a quiet retreat, do not come here on the weekend, especially in the fall when the mountain has a tendency to attract folks who LIKE TO TALK LOUD.

©  Joe Miller/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kings Mountain
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 937 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 to 4 hours
Season: Best in Winter
Local Maps: USGS Kings Mountain, Gastonia South
Driving Directions: Directions to Crowders Mountain State Park — Crowders and Rocktop Trails

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