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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.

13 days 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
1 month ago

Had to do this one 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. The Boulders Overlook off trail has some nice views and the Pinnacle is a good reward. Moderate...only about 500 feet in elevation gain in over 6 miles. More incline the closer you get to the Pinnacle. So I've now officially conquered every trail in Crowders Mountain State Park.

Great anaerobic burn especially when hitting the 336 steps. I typically do laps around Tower and connect to Backside. That is about a 2.7 mile lap. If doing two or more laps, I’ll sometimes reverse the laps. I do most of my 25 mile per week runs on this section as I’m less likely to trip on a root or rock, like I might on the other Crowders Mountain trails.

Note: Crowders is a Very Busy Park on the weekends. Arrive early or late, else you may have to wait or park offsite. This is NOT a lightly hiked park as noted on this site. But, it is a damned nice gem of a park here in our Charlotte backyard.

Lastly, if you are reading this, please abide by the Park rules. Leave before the Park closes. The Rangers and Support staff have families to go home to. Lastly, flick off your dog’s crap off trail. The park doesn’t require bagging your pups poops, but it doesn’t mean leave it for us to dodge or step on.

trail running
1 month ago

Great anaerobic burn especially when hitting the 336 steps. I typically do laps around Tower and connect to Backside. That is about a 2.7 mile lap. If doing two or more laps, I’ll sometimes reverse the laps. I do most of my 25 mile per week runs on this section as I’m less likely to trip on a root or rock, like I might on the other Crowders Mountain trails.

Note: Crowders is a Very Busy Park on the weekends. Arrive early or late, else you may have to wait or park offsite. This is NOT a lightly hiked park as noted on this site. But, it is a damned nice gem of a park here in our Charlotte backyard.

Lastly, if you are reading this, please abide by the Park rules. Leave before the Park closes. The Rangers and Support staff have families to go home to. Lastly, flick off your dog’s crap off trail. The park doesn’t require bagging your pups poops, but it doesn’t mean leave it for us to dodge or step on.

Triple Trail Challenge:
Three trips up the Backside Trail over the lookout and down the Tower Trail gets you over two miles of uphill climb and just over 1,000 rail tie stairs while the downhill slope of the Tower Trail makes this challenge achievable for a wide range of skill levels. Only thing better? Quadruple trail challenge! Enjoy

hiking
1 month ago

those steps!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trails. Up the stair section will get you a good workout and then rest with a great view finish out with a nice sweeping wide trail back to the parking lot.
During week saw only a few people

True to the Description listed on the post. Well marked and maintained trail. Took Tower up and Backside down - I’m sure would be great the opposite way too. Backside has many steps near the top. Have to be careful with pups/ kids at the summit as there are many steep cliff sides at the lookout points. Beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail for some moderate elevation gain. Going up and down the rock top trail adds something a little different to your hike. For us this ended up being closer to a 7 mile hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail for quick hikes.

Great trail for overnight backpacking trips. Great weekday hike for peace and quiet.

on Poston Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Enjoyable park. Trails branch off this trail giving you more distance options and very pleasant hiking in the woods. Mid week hikes are recommended as few people on trails. People enjoy fishing options as well as playgrounds for the little ones

trail running
4 months ago

Small elevation increases, solid terrain

This is my favorite trail at Crowders.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Moderate. Nice views and numerous overlooks from different directions. Almost 1.5 miles to the summit. Accessed from the Crowders Trail. Sweet hike to the top and my preferred way up.

hiking
5 months ago

I enjoy going on these trails. Great to take your dog and enjoying a day full of hiking.

on Rocktop Trail

hiking
5 months 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!!

They have put down huge rough gravel on this trail so its no longer enjoyable. I went about 6 Miles and had big stone bruises on my feet through hiking shoes. Its not natural like it used to be. I've hiked very rocky trails but this one kills your feet now.

hiking
5 months ago

We went up Rocktop to the tower, then Backside to Crowders Summit and down. Map my Hike logged 5.4 loop from trailhead start to finish. If you are looking for a workout, we thought going up Crowders hitting the 336 railroad ties at the end would’ve been better. Don’t get me wrong Rocktop was challenging getting up and over the rocks but the stairs on the other side are a bit more. It’s Friday and we literally saw less than 10 people, it was perfect!

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

5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

10 mile trail system. Did about 6. Went to the top of Spencer Mountain. Kind of dangerous to the top and on the way down. Some of the rocks are unstable. Decent view at the top.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike but I am not a big fan of out and back dayhikes. One of the best strenuous hikes around Charlotte and you need to go into the mountains for better hikes of this length.

hiking
6 months ago

Second time hiking it. Enjoy the rocks.

walking
6 months ago

Very enjoyable pretty forest walk. Not many bikes at all, ( one family passed us, easy for kids to walk.
Playground at trailhead not busy at all. Nobody else there on Saturday afternoon.
Pretty lake, only a couple of fishermen.
The road is a little loud as you get 3/4 way around.
But very enjoyable and very close to other park amenities- dog park, bigger play grounds, Cheddars restaurant.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Wonderful views!

hiking
7 months 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.

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