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#7 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Crowders Mountain State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Crowders Mountain State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Crowders Mountain State Park ranging from 1.9 to 15.6 miles and from 872 to 1,630 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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

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Map of trails in Crowders Mountain State Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(704) 853-5375
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Pinnacle Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h
This one will make you feel the burn! This is one of two peaks located in Crowders Mountain State Park. The trail offers many mountain laurels, birds, and other wildlife. The last 1/3 of the hike is Show more
#2 - Crowder's Trail to Rocktop Trail Loop
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
Hike to the summit of Crowders Mountain and be rewarded with sweeping panoramas. Bring along a pair of binoculars and do some birdwatching or tote a camera and capture the beauty of wildflowers in blShow more
#3 - Crowder Mountain via Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Tower Trail ascends the Crowder Mtn. range up a utility road to a cellphone tower. At the top, it connects to Backside Trail, an alternate .9 mile route down to the parking lot. Total RT is 2.7 mi. ToShow more
#4 - Rocktop Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 19 m
The Rocktop Trail is less traveled and has excellent views. It has a lower elevation than the Crowders summit, but has great views of the cliffs and the surrounding countryside. Show more
#5 - Backside Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
Backside Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#6 - Crowder Mountain Loop via Pinnacle Trail and Turnback Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Crowder Mountain Loop via Pinnacle Trail and Turnback Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated Show more
#7 - Fern Nature Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
Fern Nature Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is Show more
#8 - Backside, Rocktop, and Crowders Trail Loop
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Backside, Rocktop, and Crowders Trail Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail Show more
#9 - Crowders Mountain and The Pinnacle
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 16 m
Crowders Mountain and The Pinnacle is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#10 - Crowders Mountain Ridgeline Trail
Crowders Mountain State Park
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 7 h 22 m
Crowders Mountain Ridgeline Trail is a 15.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. ThShow more
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