Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Tower Trail ascends the Crowder Mtn. range up a utility road to a cellphone tower. At the top, it connects to Backside Trail, an alternate .9 mile route down to the parking lot. Total RT is 2.7 mi. Tower Trail is a longer, but less steep climb than Backside Tr. Fantastic view of Charlotte skyline! This is only one variation of numerous hikes that can be found at Crowders Mountain State Park. We started out on the Tower Trail which is the maintenance road for the towers at the summit. It's a wide, gravel trail and winds it's way for 2 miles to the Overlook. The rock formations at the summit are awesome and on nice days you'll probably encounter some climbers and rappellers since this is permissible on Crowders. We spent almost an hour at the summit, having our lunch and chatting with other hikers we encountered and met some very nice folks. We trekked back via the Backside Trail which is about .9 miles in length and is very steep. Most folks use the reverse order for the trails that we did and we will the next trip, hopefully soon !! Be sure and fill your water bottles at the Ranger Station !!!
Really good for hiking maybe need more sings to know where are you located.
It was a good hike. More difficult than I originally thought but it was definitely a good workout. The views are alright, obstructed by trees but that's just part of nature. Overall great hike for this part of the state :)
I've been going here since I was 16 and it has changed so much. Definitely a nice day and a great workout! Not a bad place for a day hike. I was able to connect several loops and clock 11 miles!
I would call it more Moderate than Hard. Not a long hike to the summit. You hike a gravel road instead of a trail and the overlook isn't spectacular. The view is mostly blocked by trees and you can't really sit at the main overlook to relax a bit. However there is a small secluded overlook right near the main one that not many people notice. Again most of the view is blocked by trees, but you can actually sit down and take in the beauty. Overall it's an OK hike.
First hike in a long time. I had a relatively easy time getting up the trail, and it didn't take long. The way up is surrounded by woods but you come out at the summit with amazing views of the surrounding area and the Appalachians to the west. Will be returning!
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.
Nice views of Charlotte skyline at the top
The trail can be confusing your first time at the tower. To go to Backside trail continue close and on right side of the tower. Some markers would be helpful.