Crowder's Trail to Rocktop Trail Loop

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Crowder's Trail to Rocktop Trail Loop is a 5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1122 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

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 bloom (taken from Crowder's Mountain pamphlet). Crowder's Mountain is located in Gaston County, NC. While not a very high summit, the views are spectacular, with the ability to see the Charlotte skyline on the horizon. Be prepared for steep inclines, long stairs to the top of the mountain, and rocky trails.

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Went on trail late morning Friday. 90 degrees today but not so bad in the woods under the trees. I started this trail originally at the visitor center and hiked to the back trail of the Pinnacle. Instead of continuing on Rocktop Trail, I doubled back and took the Linwood area access road, coming back around the front way to the Overlook. I initially didn't see the trail past the backside trail, so people ... when you get to the top of that long gravel road (2.5 miles in from VC), look to your left and trace the right side of those cell towers. After going another 1/2 mile you'll be at the overlook. Nice view, a few folks out today hiking, enjoying the day. This trail is definitely challenging and I'd agree and say that it is hard. Two miles in, you feel like you're a rock climber. I never seen so many rocks, boulders, rock formations in my life. Trail is well marked and heavily traveled but pay attention, you could easily end up on Crowders trail coming back. I ended up doing a little over 8 miles in about (4) hours with a couple of 5 min breaks. Enough inclines throughout the trail to keep your heart pumping. Wear your boots to avoid twisting your ankle on this rocky terrain. Do this trail when you want a bit of a challenge. Will be back soon ... "Go Outside And Play!"

5 days ago

rocky and toppy, mmmmm my favorite flavor

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Pretty good for a 30-45 min drive outside of charlotte. Once at the top you can see the CLT skyline one one side and the foothills of the Appalachian on the other. Not a very hard hike but can be a challenge for newcomers. Great hike though!

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Trail is tough but well maintained. Can get crowded fast on pretty days. park staff is very friendly. Rock Top trail has some very challenging boulder stables. not for inexperienced hikers.

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