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

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 101 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

wildlife

Directions from Gastonia, NC: From I-85 take Exit 13 (Edgewood Road) about six miles west of Gastonia. Cross over I-85 and turn right onto Highway 29/74. Go two miles and turn left on Sparrows Spring Road and follow the road 2.7 miles onto park property. Take your first right and continue to the park entrance. Turn right and travel to the picnic area. Trail begins there.

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2 months ago

Great family friendly trail. The germs are cool

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rocky
3 months ago

Very strenuous

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scramble
3 months ago

Date: 2/4/20 Weather: 63°, sunny Parking: large lot at visitors center Trail markings: well blazed Total length: 9.9 miles Overall: If you take a left up Crowders Trail to the Backside Trail, the steep incline is stairs, which I would have preferred to use going down. Pinnacle Peak elevation gain is switchbacks with a great view on top. I’m always bummed when you can hear highway noise on a whole hike but the accessibility is good. Trail was busy for a Tuesday with a loud, obnoxious group on Crowders Mountain. A good hike overall.

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rocky
4 months ago

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4 months ago

This is great trail to hike. A bit challenging but in an enjoyable way. The view at the top is beautiful.

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rocky
7 months ago

Good trail. Puts you to work going up toward the top. The view is rewarding.

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9 months ago

Easy hike for all ages, beautiful pond and ferns line the tree line, well shaded if you are sun sensitive.

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Wed Nov 14 2018

quiet on colder days, we didn't see a ton of people. it was a nice, easy hike. we combined the lake loop and fern trail and it made for a nice 2 mile hike.

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Fri Aug 31 2018

Pretty trail with lots of trees and wildflowers.

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Sat Mar 31 2018

Trail was nice! We did the lakeside trail to the start of the fern trail and it was a nice hike with lots of water views!

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Mon Aug 28 2017

Good walk with the wife and dogs.

Mon Jun 05 2017

Only lightly trafficked during weekdays, and this trail connects with the lake trail loop, both are easy for a nice walk, definitely easy enough for young kids or senior dogs.

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Mon May 15 2017

easy trail for kids. busy during sunny days.

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Tue Oct 11 2016

Super easy trail. Nice for Sunday stroll and has access to other trails if you are looking to go a bit farther

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Wed Jun 24 2015

Nice easy trail to hit on the way down from the pinnacle

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