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hiking
5 days ago

Fun trail... beautiful views especially with the fall leaves. Lots of dogs which i loves. I didn’t like the loud music some patrons were playing...I believe there should be a rule about that. It disrupted our hike.

It was late afternoon by the time we reached Rocktop trail from the Sparrow Springs parking lot. Fallen leaves can make for unsure footing on the rocks but it wasn’t a difficult trail. We enjoyed the expansive views and spiny rock formations along the spine of the mountain.

I wouldn’t take young children on Rocktop trail due to steep drop-offs.

Rocktop trail meets a gravel road that leads up to Rocktop Tower. You have to trace the righthand side of the tower to reach Crowders Mountain Trail. From the summit you descend stair steps then follow a manicured, shady trail to return Sparrow Springs parking lot.

hiking
5 days ago

A very steep incline. Must watch your step! This was a great workout. Will definitely be back!

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike early on a cool Sunday morning with my parents. They are in their 60’s and we needed to take breaks for knees and lungs :) The trail is beautiful. Steep at points. But the pay off with the views are spectacular. The leaves were changing colors — magnificent!

This was nice strenuous hike up to a mesmerizing view. Completely worth the effort to see. Stunning views.

I’m from Louisiana where we don’t have anything higher than an interstate overpass. This was an awesome experience. And if you are a first timer I would label this as “hard” the last portion is very steep and it’s almost as difficult on the way down trying to keep your brakes on. But as everyone says well worth it. Awesome view. Bring a snack sit down and enjoy. I will be returning this following weekend for great exercise.

My group and I did The Great Wall Loop, which is about 7.5-8 miles. It is a challenging hike with the up and down hills. Some parts are a little steeper, and you will feel the burn the next day! I recommend bringing at least 3 liters of water. We went when it was muggy outside and about 84 degrees. I went through 2 liters of water and another liter I put my electrolytes in. We took breaks every mile or so - take as many breaks as you need! It’s not a rush!!

I really enjoyed that scenery changes a bit, there is this cool part where it’s like a forest, a part that is kind of jungle like, and another part that is more barren. September is also wild flower month so keep your eyes open and look out of the little flowers along the trail!

I didn’t find it as hard as it sounds. The view from the top was astounding!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with some verticals so you are getting a nice workout! Once you get up keep going to the right and enjoy a awesome almost 360 lookout that many people miss, you do have to scramble to get there but worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

It was really worth it. I’m pretty inexperienced and it was definitely hard but the views were well worth it! Just don’t stop where the signs say the trail ends. There is a short climb to the top and it is absolutely breath taking!

1 month ago

Another beautiful Sunday afternoon.hike. Completed the orange and red trails without breaking a leg or twisting f an ankle. Beautiful!!

Alltrails shows this as a loop, but the trail disappears at the halfway point, around the old abandoned bridge. I marched on anyway through the woods and finally picked the trail back up at the point where it leaves the creek. But even then there were parts of the trail overgrown and hard to find.

Really fun trail. Take a picnic and enjoy the views from the overlook while you have lunch. I started at the visitors center about 4:00 on a Sunday, not too crowded. I do recommend adequate shoes. I didn’t think it would be bad and wore a pair of sneakers. Wish I would have worn my hiking shoes. GPS had my hike at 4.75 round trip. Great hike!

easy but rewarding; great views from the top of the Pinnacle

hiking
2 months ago

So, I couldn't say I captured Crowders at sunset unless I also got it at the Pinnacle Summit.

hiking
2 months ago

First 3/4 of the trail a nice uphill climb that includes a small boulder field that is fun change of pace. Once you reach the split for Ridgeline trail the real work begins. The top of the trail offers some great views of the surrounds area. Even found a spot at the top to string up my hammock and take a short break before starting back. Would definitely do this one again. I went on Labor Day weekend and the place was packed.

We did the Brown wave loop. Beautiful hiking!

hiking
2 months ago

Feels simple and lulls you into thinking anything more than an easy rating seems silly. Becomes more challenging quite quickly. Well shaded and well kept. Would suggest going towards late afternoon/early evening. At 6pm-7:30pm came across 15 or so others over the entire course of the hike.

Clearly marked and a really great walk with a few uphill stretches. A lot of caution tape around and pipes laid out so probably a bit of construction in the near future.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is challenging and invigorating. The view up top is absolutely amazing. My favorite time to go is during the Fall peak season, it is visually stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

I didn’t find this too strenuous even in the heat - I’d mark this “moderate.” Good view at the top with a nice breeze.

not the best for a hot day, lots of people but still a solid good hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Good workout! A fit person should be able to reach the summit in 45 minutes. Many stretches are rocky and prohibit trail running. A good balance of terrain verity. Hiking poles come in handy.

I love crowders mountain! It’s not too difficult, it’s just right! Rock top is my favorite trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, but strenuous for rookies like me. First strenuous trail since becoming active again at 69. Took about three hours for 4.3 miles with 30 minute plus rest at top. First 1.8 miles moderate to easy, but last .5 miles is rocky and steep. Worth the climb with great views at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this last weekend, great trail starts off very easy but will become more challenging the closer you get to the top. All kinds of Terrain , but definitely worth the hike and the view at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

Very good , best to do early

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