Backside Trail

HARD 131 reviews

Backside Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
666 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

We went up Rocktop to the tower, then Backside to Crowders Summit and down. Map my Hike logged 5.4 loop from trailhead start to finish. If you are looking for a workout, we thought going up Crowders hitting the 336 railroad ties at the end would’ve been better. Don’t get me wrong Rocktop was challenging getting up and over the rocks but the stairs on the other side are a bit more. It’s Friday and we literally saw less than 10 people, it was perfect!

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16 days ago

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27 days ago

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1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging, yet my 8 yr old son and 6 ur old daughter managed to make it through the whole loop. Very nice views and the top of the peak.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Loved it ❤️❤️

hiking
2 months ago

Great view when you get to the top!

2 months ago

Nice trail to the mountain top only hard part about it is the incline other than that it's a smooth walk

hiking
3 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful panoramic beautiful view when you reach the top. The trail has some steep inclines. Great place to workout. It's a real treat.

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

This peak is a very intriguing setting with rocky outcroppings and sheer cliffs all along the top. The trail to get to the top is nice but there was trash and dog feces far to frequent for such a nice hike. That was my reason for not giving this 5 stars. My climbing crew thoroughly enjoyed the extended hike to the north from where the trail meets the peak. This made the exploration well worth the effort and was very rewarding.

hiking
4 months ago

I love this trail! Definitely my favorite at this park! It gets difficult very quickly, and it's not that long of a trail. SOOOOO many steps! If you're looking for a leg workout this is definitely the one to do. I came back down via the Tower Trail and that was boring. It's a wide gravel road that very slowly goes uphill. The views are worth the climb, regardless of which direction you take to the top.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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5 months ago