Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop

HARD 98 reviews

Tower Trail and Backside Trail Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Gastonia, North Carolina that features a great forest setting 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

views

rocky

Tower Trail ascends the Crowder Mtn. range up a utility road to a cellphone tower. At the top, it connects to Backside Trail, an alternate .9 mile route down to the parking lot. Total RT is 2.7 mi. Tower Trail is a longer, but less steep climb than Backside Tr. Fantastic view of Charlotte skyline!

hiking
1 month ago

Backside up,Tower Trail down is the way to do it. 335 steps to the top. The number of spots to go to at the summit to take in the views is also a plus.

trail running
2 months ago

One of my favorites. Take a picnic, pack a book, bring the dog.

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent!

hiking
7 months ago

The view is phenomenal when you make it to the top. Definitely worth the steep incline and 300+ stairs to get there.

8 months ago

What-a-Workout!! i had on ankle weights..Big Mistake.... Lol

trail running
8 months ago

Great training trail....

hiking
10 months ago

It was an awesome hike up to an awesome view of the Carolinas

hiking
10 months ago

The tower trail is not really a trail but more like a gravel road. The incline is steep but not strenuous as stated. Anyone with a decent amount of exercise can do this hike. On our way up we did see some folks struggling to make it up to the top. Once you get up there there are some rocks on which you could rest to take in the view. The view is alright with trees covering up the view point at some sections. We hit the trail as early as 8:45am & the parking lot at that time was almost full. On our way back they had a security guard monitoring the parking lot for spaces & letting cars in only if there was space available. So go early! Also, we saw that the trail got super crowded on our way down. Overall, an OK trail to do for some exercise.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail leads to the top of the mountain. The views are great. I took this trail back to the parking lot but took the Backside Trail up the mountain. The trail was crowded on President's Day with people and dogs. The trail is wide and has plenty of gravel for authorized personnel to use for travel to the top of the mountain and back.

hiking
11 months ago

Had a great day hiking this trail with the family. Nice long walk up the mountain. Steep incline near the end. Came back to Linwood access via the Backside Trail down the stairs. Beautiful views from the rock top after passing the towers.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Hard but great!

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Really good for hiking maybe need more sings to know where are you located.

hiking
Monday, October 31, 2016

It was a good hike. More difficult than I originally thought but it was definitely a good workout. The views are alright, obstructed by trees but that's just part of nature. Overall great hike for this part of the state :)

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

I've been going here since I was 16 and it has changed so much. Definitely a nice day and a great workout! Not a bad place for a day hike. I was able to connect several loops and clock 11 miles!

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

I would call it more Moderate than Hard. Not a long hike to the summit. You hike a gravel road instead of a trail and the overlook isn't spectacular. The view is mostly blocked by trees and you can't really sit at the main overlook to relax a bit. However there is a small secluded overlook right near the main one that not many people notice. Again most of the view is blocked by trees, but you can actually sit down and take in the beauty. Overall it's an OK hike.

hiking
Thursday, August 25, 2016

First hike in a long time. I had a relatively easy time getting up the trail, and it didn't take long. The way up is surrounded by woods but you come out at the summit with amazing views of the surrounding area and the Appalachians to the west. Will be returning!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Great views!!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Meh. Rated at strenuous but i didn't think it was. Definitely start on the backside trail. The tower trail was really a gravel roadway- not all that interesting. Overall a good quick 1hour long hike.

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Nice views of Charlotte skyline at the top

Monday, July 27, 2015

The trail can be confusing your first time at the tower. To go to Backside trail continue close and on right side of the tower. Some markers would be helpful.

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