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Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain
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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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  • I took some time out of a business trip to visit the park and hike Pinnacle Trail. It as a super challenging hike and was one of the best hikes I had in ages. I certainly felt empowered after making t...  more »
  • Since this was our first trip to this 5,126 acre park and we did not have too much time to spend at the park, we went to the Lake Trail. Beautiful! Very enjoyable and easy to walk trail. 
  • Crowders Mountain offers a range of hikes per capability. If you can, tough it out and do the Pinnacle trail. It's marked strenuous and it really is near the top. Once you get to the top, climb over t...  more »
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  • Really cool place and just an hour away from Charlotte! You will enjoy it! Visitor's center has all the necessary information. There are trails of different difficulty level and they all are properly marked so you won't get lost :) We took one trail at our first time there and the view was spectacular! The only thing that I didn't like very much that our trail was dusty, so my legs and shoes were dusty :)
  • This place is a great place to bring your family, a lot of nature and there is lots of great places to paint. Veiw is also stunning... feels like you can see for forever. Also, bring your binoculars! They defenetly improve the view. 😉
  • Visting friends in Charlotte and took a day to hike. Great park ... trails were well marked and groomed ... high trees provided a nice canopy from the sun and the top of the peak provided spectacular views. Well worth the hike. Wonderful day.
  • On our way back from smokies to Charlotte we saw a looming mountain up ahead as we were nearing Gastonia. We were surprised that there is a mountain so close to Charlotte and decided to check it out next week. We have since done two hikes in this mountain and find the hikes here are much better than smokies because here when you reach a summit there are beautiful views from above unlike most hikes in Smokies. Hikes are of various difficulties and the trails are well marked with blazes. Plan to do more hiking this summer. So happy the mountains are just 40 minutes away from Charlotte.
  • An amazing place for a quick hike. Not an easy hike up the backside trail as it is steep, steep, steep! But well worth it. On a clear day you can see the CLT skyline.