dogs on leash
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.
This trail leads to the top of the mountain. The views are great. I took this trail back to the parking lot but took the Backside Trail up the mountain. The trail was crowded on President's Day with people and dogs. The trail is wide and has plenty of gravel for authorized personnel to use for travel to the top of the mountain and back.
Backside Trail is a short trail that ends with climbing many man-made steps towards the top. The view is great on a clear day. You are able to see Charlotte in the distance. My four year old son did it with me and we never stopped until we reached the top. The top has a few trees but is mostly rock. The trail was crowded with people and dogs but it was President's Day. I had a hard time getting a parking spot at the trailhead.
Had a great day hiking this trail with the family. Nice long walk up the mountain. Steep incline near the end. Came back to Linwood access via the Backside Trail down the stairs. Beautiful views from the rock top after passing the towers.