Backside, Rocktop, and Crowders Trail Loop

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Crowders Mountain State Park

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 is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,145 feet Route Type: Loop

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2 months ago

Hiked in March 7, 2020. Great hike. Not sure all of the Rocktop part of the trail is moderate, but really enjoyed it.

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Mon Apr 01 2019

Hiked this loop on 30Mar2019 on a beautiful Carolina Saturday starting at ~10am. The parking lot was full, but a neighbor was parking people in their yard for a donation. The trail was quite crowded, especially when the trail first pops up onto the top of the ridge, but had interesting terrain for an area so close to Charlotte. Our group (including three tweens and an 8 yr old) were able to do this loop in about 3 hours including several extended breaks. Advice: do the crowders and rock top parts of the trail first, taking the more leisurely backside trail back. If you want to avoid crowds on a weekend, get there early. As always, take plenty of water as there is none available beyond the parking lot shelter.

Tue Jan 15 2019

Great hike

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Wed Dec 19 2018

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

Sun Aug 05 2018

This description and the linked directions do not match. If you want to hike this trail, go to the state park visitor center entrance, the trail head is there. These directions lead to a different park entrance from which you can hike 1.7 miles up (literally) to the Rock Top trail. Turning this into a loop from this parking lot will be much more than 5 miles. Rock Top was much less trafficked than the trails that this leads you to, so I recommend it. I also recommend sticking with Hiking Upward if you’re hiking in NC/VA/DC/MD. This is not the first time All Trails has steered me wrong, but it will be the last.

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