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A great trail, and did not encounter anyone as it was a cooler day. Good hike!

Great hike, and workout.

challenging in all the right parts. beautiful throughout. not too long. great Sunday hike

My husband and I and our two dogs hike this trail all the time because we only live about 15 minutes away from LNSP. It's one of our favorites because we can keep it pretty short using the Short Turn trail or you can make it longer by doing the full loop. My dogs love it because there are lots of little beaches along the way where we can stop for a quick swim in the lake. Moderately hilly, you'll get a decent workout without it being too difficult. Very enjoyable any time of year.

Absolutely loved this hike!! Great views!

This is my favorite at Crowder's. Tons of exposed rock. I like going down the stairs instead if up.

hiking
17 days ago

Very nice unobstructed view of Charlotte skyline and surrounding plains. Kinda unique since this mountain stands on its own without others around. Short but somewhat steep hike with a tiny bit of rock climbing to get to the final view. Keep walking right along the ridge from there to get better views. You’ve found the summit when you get to a rusted metal pole sealed in concrete.

walking
23 days ago

Great paved trail for parents with young kids and also dogs. Was not very crowded and lots of open space for kids to run. Not a lot to see besides open meadows on the paved trail, but very safe for kids. Not a lot of benches and one port-a-John located at beginning of trail.

Great day for a hike even with fog after a rainy morning especially with 17 people!!

trail running
muddy
28 days ago

I go here with family members whenever I've visiting the Charlotte area. A very pleasant, heavily forested network of trails that allows for multiple combinations and new options each visit. Take note of the recommendation at the trailheads: hikers and runners ought to travel the opposite direction of the mountain bikers so there aren't any surprises. If followed accordingly, the bikers should not be much of an issue.

This is not an entirely flat series of trails, so if you are looking for some elevation gain in your hike or trail run this offers some variation.

You might be disappointed to find the trails closed after a recent downpour, due to mud. This affects the mountain biking trail quality, rendering it impossible, however I don't think it necessarily makes a hike too difficult. IMO the trails should always remain open to hikers.

Walked wit 3/4 full pack. Some challenging climbs out of the hollars for this old man with a pack. Many folks trail running today. Great trail, some roots for sure so wear good footwear. Drain fairly well. This area has just had several days of rain and even snow 2 weekends ago and the trail is in relatively good condition. We’re some slick spots but not bad considering the weather of the previous few weeks. 12/23/18

hiking
1 month ago

Finally made it here for a hike on a crisp but clear December day. Thoroughly enjoyed it, would do again! I'd rate this hike as moderate, not difficult. It's not at significant altitude and it has less than 1000 feet of elevation gain. The trail begins from the visitor center parking lot and is very well marked with a round orange blaze. The trail is well maintained but I'd suggest boots, especially for the rocky parts at the top. I brought hiking poles but really didn't use them, but if you have bad knees they would help on the descent. I am 55 years old and had no issues hiking this trail and I think anyone in reasonable shape can do it by just going at a pace comfortable to you. The last 100 yards or so is "steep" but nothing to worry about, just go at a pace comfortable for you. It took about an hour to get up at a leisurely pace. The views from the top were great! I could clearly see the Charlotte skyline and the mountains of western NC in the distance to the west. Going down was fairly fast but be careful of your footing in the first quarter mile down. A thoroughly enjoyable hike, I'd definitely do again.

hiking
1 month ago

Physically demanding but rewarding. This trail is very steep in the last 1/4 mile and sucks the wind out of you, but the view at the top makes it all worth it.
Pro Tip: Trekking poles are a huge advantage on this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this with my 8 year old twins. Had several muddy spots but were easy to navigate around. Both of my 8 year olds loved it. Was just long enough to keep their attention. One was ready for more but one was ready to hit the highway. Lol. Just strenuous enough to get the heart rate up but easy enough that had no problem making the whole loop. There is a trail/power right of way at the halfway point that will lead you back to the visitor center parking lot. There are two additions that can easily be added to lengthen this trail. My kids kept up an over 2 mph pace which also involved breaks along the way for teaching moments on the trail. Bikes also use this trail but there are several spots to step off the trail to get out of the way of bikes.

short hike with a moderate elevation. the view from the top is nice.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty fun and easier trail considering the views at the top. Like many others have said 3/4 of the trail is pretty light, the last 1/4 being the most work. Got up in about 45 min-1 hour just in time to catch sunset then about 30 down. Glad we decided to swing by while on our way to Charlotte.

hiking
1 month ago

Came out to take a few pics. November hikes are the best.

I took this trail from the Backside Trail and hiked 5 miles to the Pinnacle Summit. 5 miles back. Planned on hiking to the main summit on the way back, but didn't make it...ran out of gas.

Awesome hike! Highly recommended!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great flow and good length with options to tailor the trail to your level of riding. Don’t recommend hiking here - dominated by fast mountain bikers.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Great flow!!

hiking
2 months ago

You should keep your dogs on a leash for this hike due to the busy State Road that cuts through the Park. It costs $13 to camp overnight. You must cross over the State Road to hike the complete trail, but after that, it gets reasonably excluded. Some challenging hills expose you to some great views.

It was very boring and you could not really see the lake. There were lots of pretty leaves. An easy hike.

hiking
2 months ago

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.

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