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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.
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.
Crowder Mountain has a trail for everyone really.
I know the review is for RockTop Loop, but really we hit 3 trails, plus the service road (hardest part), and it was almost 9miles for the day.
We loved it, and honestly we will have to come back for more!
Parking can be an issue - it can fill up fast.
Less than an hour from Charlotte makes it a great location.
This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. It's a relatively easy trail (it's uphill, but nothing too steep or technical) with a great reward at the end. One note - when you get to what you think is the end - the grand vista that looks south, you're not at the pinnacle of the mountain yet. Keep going to your right (east) and you'll wind your way to the actual pinnacle of the mountain where you get an almost 360 degree view (obstructed only to the east by a tree). Sunset/dusk views are incredible. Well worth the hike and effort.