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
869 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.

hiking
28 days ago

My husband and I in our 60’s did this sweet Trail! 5 miles of beautiful country! Linwood rd. Access parking- Backside Trail to Rock Top Trail looped - did the scenic view( which is a lot of climbing) and the connection loop back was more of a stroll .... sweet!

hiking
1 month ago

The Crowder's Trail is a connector trail between the Backside Trail and Pinnacle Trail that lead to the two summits. 2.8 miles in length. Fairly easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

So worth it. Steep. Stairs. Sweaty. Beautiful view.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

A bit more strenuous than I anticipated. Overall a great trail!

3 months ago

so far so good

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4 months ago

Great hike if your in-around the Charlotte area. Easy enough for the whole family with great views at the top. Happy hiking!

4 months ago

great hike. It has great oppertunity to teach kids to rockclimb. I also brought my four-legged companion and he had no difficulty manuevering the rocks. The steep incline will tire little ones easily.

5 months ago

The actual "lookout" was nothing great, but I found another one right before the rock top trail that was awesome. The rocktop portion of the trail was a lot more than I was expecting, which was awesome. Had to put my hiking pole away to climb through it. The pinnacle trail was definitely better, but still a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

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!"

6 months ago

rocky and toppy, mmmmm my favorite flavor

7 months ago

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!

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike. Had some fun rocky areas along the way. The view at the top was beautiful but slightly crowded. Went on a weekend afternoon. Would recommend and hike again.

9 months ago

Best hiking experience!!!

hiking
10 months ago

This full loop was super boring. The trail's not that hard especially if you started off doing this one first. I started this one when I finished Pinnacle on the same hike. Also, barely good views.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Love this trail. Starts off moderate but can be almost difficult once you get to the gravel hill and stairs. Push through! You can do it! The view at the top is great!

11 months ago

It was so fun and so beautiful I will definitely be going again was alittle hard but so happy I done it

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

Great views in the wintertime! Love doing this trail, connecting to the Tower, then Backside and finally back on Crowders trail leading to the State Park office.

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