Explore the most popular birding trails near Gastonia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 days ago

nice and quiet, we didnt 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.

hiking
7 days ago

Pretty great views and the rock structures are great for running and jumping.

Running and jumping through the rock structures is a blast! Views from the cliffs are pretty incredible for the area. The tower took away from the natural beauty a bit but overall it was decent hike.

Good exercise, beautiful view!

Dogs must be leashed. $13 to camp. You have to cross a busy State road to hike the trail. After that it gets pretty good, challenging with great views

hiking
21 days ago

Short trail but very steep. I recommend wearing hiking boots since there are a lot of rocks at the top. When we went up it was very foggy so didn’t get a great view but definitely want to do again! Also, there are about 150 steps near the top. Brought our 6 year old lab and 4 month old golden puppy, both of which had no problems completing the trail!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite trail so far at crowders.

I hate a gravel path trail! The views at the top make it worthwhile though

nice climb , the view from the top was fantastic. will be going back soon

trail running
2 months ago

They call it rock top trail for a reason. The run is great, and will do it often, but I still get slowed down going over all the large rocks. I guess I gotta work on my technical trail running

Nice walk around a small lake for some easy breezy peace and quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice easy trail with very good views of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

heavily trafficked on the weekends. very dog friendly. This trail is straight up the entire hike and then tons of stairs to get to the top. The peak offers a large flat rock area to sit and relax or picnic while taking in the rewarding view.

Very peaceful trail!

Steep going up but fun. Beautiful views, Charlotte downtown also looks great from the top

Great quick hike. Did get pretty steep going up backside trail but it was pretty and worth the sweat!

Have just about every pic you could take on the mountain except at sunrise/sunset. Took some good ones with a storm rolling through and then the sun going down.

on Poston Trail

hiking
3 months ago

It could’ve been the time and day, but this wasn’t a very enjoyable hike due to the amount of mountain bikers and some confusing trail labeling.

hiking
4 months ago

Not much to see on the way up but the top has a gorgeous view that makes this all uphill hike worth it! We went on a Sunday and it was rather busy but not so much that we couldn’t enjoy it.

Great path, good exercise) I hiked with 8 yo son, he also liked it.

Nice loop, for a short trail use the first turnoff and go up the stairs. The other side of loop is a very wide dirt/gravel incline that is more like a road than a trail. Both sides are fun and offer a decent work out and rewarding views at the top.

It was short but uphill. My 4 & 6 year old hiked it with me with minimal complaints. Beautiful view at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Tip: Don’t go out and back! Make an adventure out of this trail and tour nearly all of Crowder’s Mountain in a single day! Park at Sparrow Springs Park Office (Trail Head on AllTrails for Pinnacle Trail). Grab a map and follow along. I will include a photo of the route:

1). Hike Crowder’s Trail to Rocktop Trail to reach the overlook (Towers) on Crowder Mountain. Rocktop is the most technical trail in the park - plan on going slow over the rock. Views are great and it’s a less trafficked route. (2.5 miles)

2). From the Crowders Summit, head back down via the short section of Backside Trail (which is a railroad tie and gravel stair path) and then hop on Crowders Trail to loop back to Sparrow Springs area. Crowders Trail is very easy and a fast hike compared to Rocktop. (2.8 miles)

3). From the ‘Fork’ where Pinnacle Trail and Crowders split, continue west on Pinnacle trail. The trail is rated hard but it’s really not bad at all. There is about a 1/4 mile section at the end that is steep as you reach the Pinnacle Summit. This is a wide trail most of the way but it is not heavily trafficked like Crowders Summit. I had the entire Pinnacle Summit to myself. Obviously be careful on the rock - they can move! In my opinion, the best views in the park are from Pinnacle. It’s not spoiled by a large radio tower and road like Crowders Summit. All rock and very steep. (2.0 miles)

4). From the Pinnacle Summit, you should be able to see an unmarked trail heading almost due south. Follow it and it will run in to Ridgeline Trail about 0.2 miles west of it’s official trailhead. This saves you some back-tracking. Now head Southwest on Ridgeline. It’s a very moderate trail and I did not see anyone at all. The trail is well maintained but there isn’t much to see. You will cross Pinnacle Road after a mile. You will then cross Highway 161 after another 1.75 miles. From the Highway 161 crossing, you can Uber back to Sparrow Springs if there is an Uber driver in Gastonia. If you are going to do this, keep an eye on the Uber map as you approach Highway 161. If it says none available, there may not be a drivers
in Gaston... if there is, you will be in range. It will take them 15-20 minutes to each you at the crossing. (2.75 miles). Uber fare is $15-$18...

5). If you go past Highway 161, forget catching a ride share. Trust me - I tried. There’s nothing in range as you continue Southwest. There’s also not a lot to see. I suppose you could hike the final 3 miles and return to Highway 161 and catch a ride back seeing all of Crowerds in a single day. It was pushing 7:30-pm when I came off the trail and didn’t want to risk having the park closed on me. (If you opted to go all the way to Stone Mountain and the State Line, it would be 6 miles out and back to the last ‘pick-up’ point on Highway 161.

Add all that mileage up and it’s 18 miles for the entire park. If you forego the six mile out and back, you can see 90% of the park on a 12 mile hike - about the same distance as taking the Ridgeline Trail our and back from Sparrow Springs.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice short hike. Go early if you want to enjoy the peace and beauty here.

Explored the entire summit. I went to just about every overlook.

hiking
6 months ago

I think this is the coolest trail in the park. Definitely lives up to its name...very rocky. Discovered some new overlooks with nice views of the Pinnacle and the Ridgeline.

hiking
6 months ago

Such a rewarding hike. Oh my at the stairs. Keep going and make it to the top to see a truly amazing view for such a short hike. Heavily used so I suggest going early or late. Peak times can be ruined by groups playing music loudly instead of enjoying the peacefulness and views. I go often.

6 months ago

I went up there yesterday for the first time at it was very beautiful. I was surprised to see so many people up at the top

Took the tower trail up and then the backside trail down! Tower trail was steep going up but very fun. I wished there weren't stairs on the backside trail but it did help because it was a little steep but the views were amazing at the top of Crowders mountain!

hiking
7 months ago

Had to do this over 2 days to hike the full length of it. It's a little over 9 miles long. The first hike I parked at Kings Mtn National Military Park and did the SC portion of the trail, which is 3 miles to the Crowders Mtn Boulders Access. 10 mile round trip...2 miles down the Lake Crawford Trail just to get to the Ridgeline Trail. Parked at Boulders Access for the 2nd hike. 12 mile round trip to the Pinnacle Summit and back. 3 road crossings.The Boulders Overlook off trail has some okay views and the Pinnacle is a good reward at the end, but not as scenic as I thought it would be. Nothing to write home about. Only about 500 feet in elevation gain in over 6 miles. So I've now officially conquered every trail in Crowders Mountain State Park.

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