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Crowders Mountain State Park is a 5,126-acre North Carolina state park in Gaston County. It is near Kings Mountain and Gastonia and includes Crowder's Mountain and The Pinnacle and is a great place for hiking and climbing. The sheer cliffs of the Pinnacles are a popular destination for rock climbers and Crowder's Mountain has four hiking trails as options for summiting: Crowder's Trail, Rocktop Trail (the most difficult), the Backside Trail and the Tower Trail. The Pinnacle Trail (shorter route that begins at the Visitor's Center) and Ridgeline Trail (hikers must register for starting out) lead to the Pinnacle. Come check out the beautiful views and great hikes. The Visitors Center is located at 522 Park Office Ln, Kings Mountain, NC (704) 853-5375

Nice trail.....easy to moderate. Nice views.The last 1/4 mile gets a bit harder, but worth the effort to push forward to the top. Met some very nice people along the trail.

hiking
14 days ago

Have hiked this trail many times alone and with my grandchildren. Last section is fairly steep and rough terrain. Just have to watch your step. Great areas at the top to do some basic bouldering. Trails leading off the back side take you to Kings Mtn which is a really good hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Good trail for quick hikes.

Great trail for overnight backpacking trips. Great weekday hike for peace and quiet.

hiking
15 days ago

Nice trail. I took the Turnback Trail from the parking lot which intersects with the Pinnacle Trail. The last .2 miles of the Pinnacle Trail is pretty steep but the rest is straightforward. The views are great. Rolling woodland to the South and East and a nice view of South Mountains State Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the North and West. Also, the Ridge Line Trail intersects Pinnacle near the top. It's a bit easier and makes for a nice walk through the woods.

hiking
21 days ago

Just over four miles. Isn’t a bad climb, a nice relaxing hike to some great views. Highly recommend if your looking for a few hours to hike and relax.

hiking
21 days ago

on Pinnacle Trail

1 month ago

Somewhat strenuous but worth the view at the top

hiking
1 month ago

I’m a rather experienced hiker with a few 14’ers under my belt, despite living in IN, not CO. I am in decent, but FAR from excellent condition currently, and this wasn’t a great challenge. The last .2 miles is rather steep, and you need to keep your eyes on the ground to avoid stepping on roots and rocks.

Based on the reviews here, I figured it would be a bit more demanding, but it’s a really nice 4-mile training hike that is accessible to even beginning hikers. For someone more deconditioned, the last section is still achievable - it just may require a rest break or two along the way (and there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with that). The rock wall at the end isn’t bad at all either. Do make sure to get up that for the view though. I’m not at all talented when it comes to bouldering, so if I can do it comfortably, so can many others.

It's awesome for getting some off road miles in.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. one of the only tough hikes pretty close to Charlotte. other hikes in this park are as good or better.

This is my favorite trail at Crowders.

hiking
1 month ago

Last half mile is a bit tough, but worth the view at the top

My husband and I in our 60’s did this sweet Trail! 5 miles of beautiful country! Linwood rd. Access parking- Backside Trail to Rock Top Trail looped - did the scenic view( which is a lot of climbing) and the connection loop back was more of a stroll .... sweet!

hiking
1 month ago

Went in July with my extended family. We are all pretty active and didn’t struggle much on this trail. The last half mile seems to be vertical and vey rough on the body however the views at the top are worth every strenuous step up the last bit. The only thing I didn’t like was the amount of people out there. Crowders is very well known and because of that most weekends is very busy.

Backside up,Tower Trail down is the way to do it. 335 steps to the top. The number of spots to go to at the summit to take in the views is also a plus.

hiking
1 month ago

Moderately strenuous. Nice views and overlooks from different directions. Almost 1.5 miles to the summit. Accessed from the Crowders Trail. Sweet hike to the top and my preferred way up.

Easy and mostly flat. This is the trail that connects the two peaks in the park. 2.8 miles in length. Just a sweet trail, overall.

on Rocktop Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Just as the trail name suggested. Very rocky. Some spots might require all four but a great workout! Trail itself is very well maintained. Will definitely come back!!

They have put down huge rough gravel on this trail so its no longer enjoyable. I went about 6 Miles and had big stone bruises on my feet through hiking shoes. Its not natural like it used to be. I've hiked very rocky trails but this one kills your feet now.

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