Rocktop Trail

HARD 65 reviews

Rocktop Trail is a 6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

6.0 miles
1387 feet

dog friendly




nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




The Rocktop Trail is less traveled and has excellent views. It has a lower elevation than the Crowders summit, but has great views of the cliffs and the surrounding countryside.

6 days ago

Just as the trail name suggested. Very rocky. Some spots might require all four but a great workout! Trail itself is very well maintained. Will definitely come back!!

23 days ago

Great physical hike. The rocks were a lot of fun to navigate at the top. The views at the top is really what makes this hike. Not much along the way as far as streams,flowers/plants, birds or other critters you normally come across on a hike. Trail was tough to navigate due to the time of year. All the leaves hid a lot of the roots and rocks along the trail-easy to turn an ankle. All in all a good day with probably one of the best views in the southeast.

1 month ago

Second time hiking it. Enjoy the rocks.

1 month ago

Great trail! Wonderful views!

1 month ago

Hiked on 10-14-17. Good length with a nice view at the top. Had a little difficulty identifying the trail in some parts. I looked for the "red' dots. Enjoyed the extensive amount of rocks which made it my favorite of the trails i hiked at Crowders Mtn.

2 months ago

Loved climbing all the rocks

3 months ago

Lots of rocks.

6 months ago

worth the long hike to get to the top!

6 months ago

Beautiful Hike

7 months ago

My favorite trail at Crowder's Mountain, best hike possible within 30 minutes of Charlotte. This trail starts relatively flat at the base and gently transcends into a more strenuous hike. What I like most, other than the view at the end, is the interesting hike all along the way. Seems like there is always something to look at from rock walls to ridge line views. Also, you have the option of staying on the trail, or, if you have a little more time, go off of the path to explore or crawl over the many rock formations. I have probably hiked this 10 times and no two trips are ever the same.

8 months ago

Incredible rock formations along most of the trail. Lots of rocks and ledges to scramble over. Really beautiful trail.

11 months ago

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

My favorite trail at Crowders. It is really well-marked and there is lots of exposed rock to play around on. I like to take this trail up to the summit, and the Backside trail to the Crowders trail down.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Not one of my favorite trails around, but its a quick workout. Some rocks to climb over toward the top - generally pretty busy location so be ready to see a lot of people on the trail (and wait behind them depending).

Sunday, August 07, 2016

I'm from NY and we wanted to for a nice hike while in town and this was a very fun hike and was easy to follow. Beautiful views but be careful on the cliffs!

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Enjoyable straight-forward hike, great for a quick getaway to nature. A short stretch of this hike is across open rock face and opens up to clear long distance views.

trail running
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Excellent choice for trail running, cross country running.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Forget my last review! I has this trail confused with another. This trail is my FAVORITE at Crowders.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

This trail is only a little over a mile, but note that it takes you up/down the vast majority of the mountain in half that time. I took Crowders trail + Backside trail up the mountain, then came down Tower Trail until I hit Rocktop and took it back to the visitor center. Going down, the first half of the trail is pretty flat and has a few different rock formations that were fun to walk over (max step up-down was only 12-18" inches). The problem is that the 2nd half is very steep and easy to lose your footing going down. Though I'm sure it'd kick my butt, I'd recommend going up this trail instead of down to avoid slipping/falling. Especially after a rainy day.

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