Explore the most popular hiking trails in Crowders Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 days 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
18 days 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
24 days 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Well, I couldn't say I captured Crowders at sunset unless I also got it at the Pinnacle Summit. Added some pretty good ones to the album.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty trail with lots of trees and wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy trail through a pretty wooded area.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months ago

I didn’t find this too strenuous even in the heat - I’d mark this “moderate.” Good view at the top with a nice breeze.

hiking
2 months ago

heavily trafficked on the weekends. very dog friendly. This trail is straight up the entire hike and then tons of stairs to get to the top. The peak offers a large flat rock area to sit and relax or picnic while taking in the rewarding view.

not the best for a hot day, lots of people but still a solid good hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Good workout! A fit person should be able to reach the summit in 45 minutes. Many stretches are rocky and prohibit trail running. A good balance of terrain verity. Hiking poles come in handy.

Steep going up but fun. Beautiful views, Charlotte downtown also looks great from the top

Great quick hike. Did get pretty steep going up backside trail but it was pretty and worth the sweat!

I love crowders mountain! It’s not too difficult, it’s just right! Rock top is my favorite trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail, but strenuous for rookies like me. First strenuous trail since becoming active again at 69. Took about three hours for 4.3 miles with 30 minute plus rest at top. First 1.8 miles moderate to easy, but last .5 miles is rocky and steep. Worth the climb with great views at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this last weekend, great trail starts off very easy but will become more challenging the closer you get to the top. All kinds of Terrain , but definitely worth the hike and the view at the top!

Have just about every pic you could take on the mountain except at sunrise/sunset. Took some good ones with a storm rolling through and with the sun going down. Probably the best amateur shots I have on here.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good , best to do early

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