Pinnacle Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 767 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This one will make you feel the burn! This is one of two peaks located in Crowders Mountain State Park. The trail offers many mountain laurels, birds, and other wildlife. The last 1/3 of the hike is a steep climb with many rocks on the trail and requires climbing a short rock wall to get the best views of the countryside. Be sure and fill your water bottles at the Park Office and grab a map!

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9 days ago

12 days ago

Great views, especially with fall colors in Autumn

Great hike for fall or spring. Lots of people on this hike though.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Can be crowded, so we always go early to avoid the crowds.

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2 months ago

Great moderate trail. A little crowded, but the view is definitely worth it

2 months ago

A great trail! Very manageable if you take your time. Loved the climbing the wall at the end to see a beautiful outlook. Only tip is keep an eye on the ground on the way down so you don't take a spill like I did haha

Nice trail, just too many people for my tastes

Lots of people and dogs

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2 months ago

Great workout but very crowded. A lot of trash as well. Disappointed with how people treat the land.

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2 months ago

This is an incredibly beautiful trail with great views at the top! That being said, it was way too crowded for my tastes. I'd be down to try again on a weekday. Lots of dogs and friendly hikers.

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2 months ago

Good dog friendly trail. Trial was clearly marked. Went on a Wednesday around 11:30 and ran across about 30 people. Getting to the top was slightly difficult with dogs.

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3 months ago

I have hiked Crowders many, many times. It’s great for a stroll. It’s great if you want to start getting your hiking legs under you with a pack and some trekking poles. I believe it’s 2 miles up and 2 miles down. The last 3/4 of a mile is the steepest part but it’s not that bad at all. It connects to the King’s Mountain trail. Although when I was in Crowders last week, they had that section marked off because of downed trees. You will see lots of scenery, dogs and a good bit of people. There are areas for camping and picnicking as well.

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3 months ago

Such a great trail. Not too technical, and its so pretty the entire time. And the top is just phenomenal.

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3 months ago

Very well maintained hike. Busy but didn’t bother us. It gets steep towards the end but it’s worth it. Once at the top, there are many different rocky areas to sit and enjoy the view. Make sure you look back East to see the Charlotte skyline!

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4 months ago

good trail

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4 months ago

Great trail, heavily trafficked, good for dogs

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Took the Pinnacle Trail up and the turn back trail down. Pinnacle definitely has rocky spots. Heavy traffic on this rare January Sunday with temps near 70. The top can be confusing. Don’t worry if you lose track of where you are when you’re catching all the views. Just keep moving and you’ll find the trail again.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

Pretty solid trail. Great views at the top and i would imagine incredible during a sunset. Well marked paths and easy with AllTrails. A little scrambling at the top but not bad at all. I would for sure come back.

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5 months ago

If you’re looking for a little bit of a challenge this is your trail. Trails are very well taken care of, not too many people and dog friendly. The view is absolutely worth the hike. Oh at the peak it’s 1700ft not what is says on the app.

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5 months ago

Wonderful loop if you take the orange circle up in the white triangle down. Very little bit of scrambling towards the top the last half mile is steep but doable very nice trail with a great payoff at the top.December 20 what a beautiful day 54° . I shed down to single layers

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5 months ago

Awesome trail. Great views at the top. Very nice visitor center at the bottom!

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