Pinnacle Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, NC that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
this one will make you feel the burn !! This is the one of two peaks located in Crowders Mountain State Park.The trail offers many mountain laurels, birds and other wildlife. The last 1/3 of the hike is a steep climb with many rocks on the trail and requires climbing a short rock wall to get the best views of the countryside. Be sure and fill your water bottles at the Park Office and grab a map !!
Beautiful hike. Strenuous. Took just over 4 hours with a short stop at top (Callaway). Last mile before top is challenging. Great workout.
Great workout in nature!
Moderately challenging trail with an amazing view at the end. Want to arrive early to avoid the crowd.
Can be challenging at certain parts but it's well worth it!
the second mile going up is more difficult than the first but the view is worth it all
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.
The last .1mile is the hardest
Great trail to hike in NC with breathtaking view at the peak. The terrain can be be very rocky closer to the top. Highly recommend supportive hiking boots. Tough but rewarding workout.
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.
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.
Nice quick hike
Can get super crowded midday
Great trail and beautiful views! So busy that we didn't stay to take it all in for very long because of the crowd.
Trail is nice but has lots of rocks. I would have enjoyed better the hike if I had taken a better pair of shoes ( I wire salomon speedtrail trail running shoes )
Great hike. Gets a little steep but the views pay off.