Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain

Crowders Mountain State Park is a 5,126acre North Carolina state park in Gaston County, North Carolina in the United States. It is near Kings Mountain, North Carolina and on the outskirts of Gastonia, North Carolina, it includes the peaks of Crowder's Mountain and The Pinnacle. Crowders Mountain was named for Crowders Creek which originated near its base. Contrary to some historical information, Crowders Mountain was not named for Ulrick Crowder (Ulrich Krauter). There is no historical evidence that he was ever in the immediate area. The cliffs are a popular destination for rock climbers.FeaturesThe mountain itself is a monadnock, an isolated erosional remnant that rises abruptly from the surrounding plain. Geologically neither Crowders Mountain nor The Pinnacle are true mountains. Crowders Mountain sharply rises some 800ft above the surrounding countryside, and presents sheer rock cliffs that are 100 - 150ft in height. The mountain rises to 1625ft above sea level. The peak is believed to be the remnant of a much higher mountain which formed some 400 - 500 million years ago and was gradually worn down by the elements. The park sets at the northeast end of the Kings Mountain Range, a 16mi long range of low peaks which include the site of the Battle of Kings Mountain of the American Revolution.The Park contains two peaks: Crowders Mountain, 1,625 feet (495 m), is in the northeastern section of the park. The Pinnacle, 1,705 feet (520 m), is in the western section of the park. The Visitors Center located at 522 Park Office Ln, Gastonia NC (704) 853-5375 View Visitors Center Interior Panoramic Map
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  • My son was visiting and we were looking for something to do. Decided to take a hike up Crowders Mountain. We arrived there around 11 AM on a Tuesday and there weren't that many people around, which wa...  more »
  • If you like to hike and love great views, Crowders Mountain State Park is perfect. The park is within easy driving distance of anyone in the greater Charlotte area. The hiking is excellent, the trails...  more »
  • Highly recommend Crowder's trail with Rock Top trail to complete a loop. Pinnacle trail is probably even better, but do them both!! Great park for people and dogs alike, none of the hikes are overly s...  more »
  • There is nothing that I don't love about Crowders! You can take your dogs on easy to moderate hikes at main entrance location. Or you can challenge yourself at the Linwood access trail and get an amazing workout at this challenging hiking trail. Pretty much straight up to peak, I call it the 'a** eraser ' trail! Lol! There is also amazing rock climbing, some bouldering and breath taking views from both summits. If you love nature and haven't been...go!! There is also camping. Main entrance has visitors center. Linwood access doesn't, but does have restrooms at base. Year round hiking. Spring is crazy busy, so go early. There is also a leisurely lake trail with canoeing available. Many trails to choose from and hikes from 1 to 6 hours and every fitness level. 5 stars!
  • Great on slow days, but terrible on busy days. The trails aren't very difficult, but you can get a good challenging workout if that is your goal. The views are the best you will find this close too Charlotte. The thing that makes this park not worth going to is the crowds. If you go on a (non holiday) weekday, when the kids are in school; you have the ability to enjoy nature. Unfortunately on most weekends, especially during warmer months, it gets so crowded that it feels like your are walking around uptown Charlotte... assuming you get there early enough before parking fills up and the rangers start turning people away. If you are willing to drive a little further, I'd recommend visiting South Mountain State Park if Crowders is full.
  • This place is great! We hike - and this is a great place to go! Close to Charlotte, but the views are wide open and not views of the city! So much to see on the ground in the trees and rocks, and up in the sky! There are trails here for all skill levels. Everything is pretty well marked, and the maps are spot on. The staff in the welcome center was very nice. Don't be turned off by the busy parking lot - with all the trails and service roads, it is easy for people to spread out. Take the water and carb refueling food - it is easy to pick up a new trail and just keep going! Really an amazing park to me.
  • The trails are so much fun to hike! Many scenic areas to enjoy! If you're going to the top, you should plan to spend several hours so you can really see the spectacular view. Crowder's mountain is a great place to spend the day if you enjoy the outdoors.
  • Had a great day of December hiking. This place has a reputation for crowds but not too bad today. Well-marked and maintained trails, nice visitor center, all you could want and close to Charlotte

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