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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.
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
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.