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Best Trails in Crowders Mountain State Park

195 reviews

#3 of 619 State Parks in North Carolina

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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.

on Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain
4 days ago

on Rocktop Trail
19 days ago

hiking

I'm from NY and we wanted to for a nice hike while in town and this was a very fun hike and was easy to follow. Beautiful views but be careful on the cliffs!

on Crowder's Trail to Rockto...
1 month ago

hiking

Great trail ends with a great view!

on Ridgeline Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Nice fairly easy trail. The last half mile is a fairly steep ascent and will wear you out. Some nice views at the tops.

on Rocktop Trail
1 month ago

Awesome!

on Tower Trail at Crowders M...
1 month ago

Great views!!

on Crowder's Trail to Rockto...
1 month ago

Rock top trail is tiresome but definitely worth it! Would love to go back n try other trails n relax for a longer time at the top.

on Tower Trail at Crowders M...
1 month ago

hiking

Meh. Rated at strenuous but i didn't think it was. Definitely start on the backside trail. The tower trail was really a gravel roadway- not all that interesting. Overall a good quick 1hour long hike.

on Pinnacle Trail
2 months ago

hiking

1st time here. Was a challenge for me. never been hiking like this b4 and brought photography gear with me. I made it and it was rewarding.

on Pinnacle Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Challenging but rewarding. I'm a rock hound, I'm also part cat. So, I like to be high up on rocks with a great view. The hike for me started at the Sparrow Rd. visitors center. It was closed but there were some volunteers on hand to give me some advice. The wooded trail starts out as "nothing special". About a mile in it starts to ascend to the pinnacle, from there on it becomes a little bit challenging. I'm fit for my age but not super fit. I was passing others on a routine basis. Once you reach the pinnacle there is swarming sign of the dangers ahead and reminding you the trail does not continue onto the pinnacle.

On my visit there was some haze so views were limited, but I could still see downtown Charlotte. These rocks are awesome and worth the trip through the woods. Surprisingly there were lots of people on the pinnacle but I would not suggest it was crowed at all.

Make sure you have plenty of water especially if it is a hot day. The only water you will find is at the visitors center.

on Pinnacle Trail
2 months ago

Nice quick hike
Can get super crowded midday

on Pinnacle Trail
2 months ago

hiking

Great trail and beautiful views! So busy that we didn't stay to take it all in for very long because of the crowd.

on Crowder's Trail to Rockto...
2 months ago

hiking

I enjoy this hike because it is the closest the city so I can hit it even if I'm limited on time. The Rocktop trail sees far less traffic than Crowders or the Pinnacle. There are some actually rocks that you've got to scale using your hands and so it's not as an attractive an option for some. I generally go up Rocktop and down Crowders. Crowders is a straight shot well maintained trail is much easier on the knees that going down Rocktop.

on Crowder's Trail to Rockto...
2 months ago

hiking

Pretty good hike for being so close to the city. Only issue is that it gets relatively crowded, so parking can be a problem. Avoid starting on weekend afternoons and that should help

on Backside Trail at Crowder...
2 months ago

hiking

My go-to trail when I need a quick escape from Charlotte.