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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.

hiking
1 day ago

It was a really nice hike. Very easy until right at the end it got a little steep. Nice rock area to sit at the summit and have lunch and enjoy the view. I somehow ended veering off to another trail on my way down but very easy to follow and get back to the visitor center.

I have been going here since I was a kid and still love to make a trip once or twice a year! It's pretty difficult but it's short and the reward is phenomenal!

Great views in the wintertime! Love doing this trail, connecting to the Tower, then Backside and finally back on Crowders trail leading to the State Park office.

hiking
15 days ago

walking
18 days ago

Really easy to walk at first, then the incline significantly increases towards the end. Nice view, but a lot of buildings in site.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice hike and a great view at the summit.

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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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