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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

hiking
14 hours ago

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

Running and jumping through the rock structures is a blast! Views from the cliffs are pretty incredible for the area. The tower took away from the natural beauty a bit but overall it was decent hike.

hiking
21 hours 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
1 day ago

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

Good exercise, beautiful view!

hiking
8 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!

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

hiking
13 days ago

Short trail but very steep. I recommend wearing hiking boots since there are a lot of rocks at the top. When we went up it was very foggy so didn’t get a great view but definitely want to do again! Also, there are about 150 steps near the top. Brought our 6 year old lab and 4 month old golden puppy, both of which had no problems completing the trail!

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.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail so far at crowders.

Awesome weekday hike, not crowded. Good workout with beautiful foliage & views all the way to Charlotte.

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

I hate a gravel path trail! The views at the top make it worthwhile though

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!

nice climb , the view from the top was fantastic. will be going back soon

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!

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!

trail running
2 months ago

They call it rock top trail for a reason. The run is great, and will do it often, but I still get slowed down going over all the large rocks. I guess I gotta work on my technical trail running

Nice walk around a small lake for some easy breezy peace and quiet.

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

hiking
2 months ago

Well, 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy trail with very good views of the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty trail with lots of trees and wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail through a pretty wooded area.

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.

This was a really nice and well maintained trail. It is a fairly popular trail. It has multiple loop paths for alternative difficulties. Pretty good signal for cellular trail tracking.

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.

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