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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

Easy 8.1 miles in 3.5-4 hrs

Hiked these trails, and also other trails. Good hike and workout!

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

Short hike with gradual elevation. Good workout!

Great hike, and workout.

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

Amazing place...the trial is very interesting but all way the view is gorgeous

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.

16 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.

Good hike. Did the loop.

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

Fun, short, hike that will get your heart rate up and reward you with some nice views at the top. I would classify this trail as moderate. It's just under a mile one way. The last few hundred yards are comprised of 300 steps. Don't let that deter you. My knees don't get along well with stairs but I was fine. Just go at a comfortable pace for you and you'll be fine. The parking at the trailhead fills up early on weekends (even in December) so probably best as a morning hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash. I saw young kids, older folks, and motivated trail runners all equally enjoying this hike. I just wish I lived closer so I could do it more often.

29 days 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.

A little harder than I thought but made it 3/4 of the way up.

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.

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

Amazing one of my favorites

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.

Excellent hike! Went up the main trail to the lookout, went down the Backside trail on the way back. (Mainly due to my legs being pretty much shot. Haha)
Was just a beautiful sight when you get there, definitely worth the effort!!

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!

great hike today. Nice cool weather and a beautiful scenery went to get to the top of Crowders Mountain. the trail is marked well. The only challenge is the leaves laying on the trail made it difficult to know where to place the feet because of the rocks underneath

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.

2 months ago

nice and quiet, we didnt see a ton of people. it was a nice, easy hike. we combined the lake loop and fern trail and it made for a nice 2 mile hike.

2 months ago

quiet on colder days, we didn't see a ton of people. it was a nice, easy hike. we combined the lake loop and fern trail and it made for a nice 2 mile hike.

2 months ago

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

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