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Raptors soar gracefully in the wind; vegetation reaches to the sky; sheer vertical cliffs drop 150 feet. Enjoy the spectacle from a front-row seat. High atop Crowders Mountain, the second highest point in Gaston County, views stretch for more than 25 miles. For a closer view of nature's marvels, walk the park's many miles of trails. The gently rolling landscape of the North Carolina Piedmont offers a variety of terrain. Dip into the valleys; cross the foothills; climb to the peaks. Quiet woods, trickling streams and melodious birds await. These spectacular surroundings, like the unique habitats in many other state parks, would not exist were it not for the efforts of concerned citizens dedicated to protecting our environment.

Fun trail. Got the heart rate up a bit on the way up and was relaxing on the way back down. Excellent view at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful view at the summit. Definitely recommend watching the sunset, worth the trip.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful trail in the fall.

Great workout trail.... at the end and toward the top, there are a lot of steps (336 wood steps). The views are fantastic! It's peak color so will be very pretty this weekend.

backpacking
27 days ago

great trail. a fair amount of foot traffic and definitely gets tough at top, but the view is well worth it. on the way back got off trail at same point, but both lead back to visitors center so didn't matter. other than that one spot it's posted well

It was great! The view was so worth it, it's a great family hiking trail:)

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike!!!

great trails, rocktop is more technical. would recommend starting with rocktop and finishing the loop on crowders

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike up. View was awesome. Good for people who want a short hike to an awesome view.

Really good for hiking maybe need more sings to know where are you located.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, gets very steep the last 0.20 mile. Great view at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail at Crowders. It is really well-marked and there is lots of exposed rock to play around on. I like to take this trail up to the summit, and the Backside trail to the Crowders trail down.

It was a good hike. More difficult than I originally thought but it was definitely a good workout. The views are alright, obstructed by trees but that's just part of nature. Overall great hike for this part of the state :)

hiking
1 month ago

I started at Sparrow Springs Visitor Center and hiked up Rocktop Trail to Crowders Mountain and looped back on Crowders Trail to Pinnacle Trail to the top of Pinnacle Peak. I then took the Turnback trail back to the Visitor Center. Total trip took only 5 hours even with staying on the peaks for a while.

Absolutely loved it worth every step