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I was honestly surprised at the level of difficulty of this hike when you get right to the top. That last hundred feet or so is quite something! But what a payoff...the view from the top is simply spectacular. How great that there is this kind of elevation just a short drive from downtown Charlotte! Highly recommend.

Beautiful and so quiet. Went to see fall leaves and it was just so peaceful. Love the way the trails meander and intertwine, and I found several great spots to just sit and relax.

I hike this trail at least once or twice a month since it’s so close to my house. Other than the stairs to get to the waterfall it’s fairly easy.

This is my go to for walking or running. I love it!

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty great views and the rock structures are great for running and jumping.

hiking
8 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.

A very nice trail that can be completed in a couple of hours. 2/3rds of the way up it does get a bit strenuous while the descent is more gradual. Could do the trail counterclockwise to reverse that. The views of the mountains and lake are well worth the climb. Very clean and well maintained trail.

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
8 days ago

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

If you live in Charlotte are are seeking a little solitude that is convenient, this is a quick escape especially if you go during the week. Park gets really crowded at times but overall a great place for a quick and easy hike through the woods. I go here alone but hiking is easy for kids as well.

For a $6 parking fee you have access to flat and well-maintained trails with an average amount of roots and stones to navigate as you pass through forest. The Lake Trail features several undeveloped ponds and is well demarcated.

We had a blast mountain biking but trails are ho-hum for hiking. As others have noted, everyone on the trail was respectful so please follow suit.

There are plenty of bathroom facilities on site and a top-notch restaurant. Climbing ropes are a short stroll from the restaurant if your kids still have energy to burn (of course, ours did). For a fee you can Zipline or try the 100ft drop in fair weather. in summer months, you can free climb the climbing wall suspended over a deep pool or brave white water in kayaks. You can also attend free concerts here.

Very cool trail!!! We saw a turtle! so if that doesn't warrant a 5 star rating I don't know that will.

hiking
14 days ago

We hopped onto this trail where it intersects the Sugarloaf trail, which cut down on the more or less level part of the trail. There were a TON of people...but that's probably also because there was some sort of festival going on as well. Seriously great views, though.

Great for kids. Beautiful views of the lake.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this trail with my two year old son. Had to pick him up twice for some tricky parts. (Rocky hills and some tree root steps), but for the most part it’s easy to navigate. Loved walking close to the lake. Towards the end you can branch off onto other trails to make a longer hike. Five dollars a person or 49 a year for individual and 100 for families fee. Beautiful place with much to offer.

hiking
15 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!

Gorgeous views of the river and waterfall. The perfect hike for a beginner that wants a challenge. We were pressed for time so we only hiked to the waterfall viewing platform and came back, but we crossed a cool bridge, a lot of rocky terrain, and the views of the creek alongside the trail were beautiful! Plus, we visited in early November so the fall foliage was picture-perfect!

hiking
16 days ago

Fun hike! Go counterclockwise by river first! Boys 6 & 10 had a blast!

Dogs must be leashed. $13 to camp. You have to cross a busy State road to hike the trail. After that it gets pretty good, challenging with great views

pretty nice if they can keep it open but most of the time it's closed for one reason or another they also use gravel that is not horse friendly at all

it's not a loop as shown...it is about 3plus miles out to End of trail sign and 3 plus back. nice trail, small inclines, runs all along the lake. beautiful tree cover.

The Trail was very well marked with white blazes for the longer loop. The shorter trail some people mention in their reviews was blazed in red. Markers with distance placed every half mile to help track time and distance. I had 2 dogs in tow and we finished the 5 mile loop in just about 2 hours. The Trail is well traveled and even though I was out early, we passed several groups (more than 5, less than 10). The Trail offered great views of the lake with several stops along the water for the dogs to drink. I would certainly rate this as moderate because there is a lot of undulation. Overall a great hike that I’ll do again.

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.

This was a fantastic trail! We did the 5
Mike loop. It was wooded the whole time with beautiful views of the lake. We saw deer multiple times during our hike. This is close to home, so I plan to come back often!

Starts off easy, then a bit of a challenge and the closer you get to the falls the stairs seems to go straight up making it a strenuous hike. Lots of boulders and tree roots to maneuver over. Lots of smaller falls on your way to the big one.

If you want an easier hike with a few waterfalls along the way I would definitely suggest doing this trail. Also take a swim in the water if it’s not winter!

awesome
lake walk in the woods shaded easy peaceful love it. safe. great trail for family outing.

great trail. nice scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail so far at crowders.

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