Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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 MapOur Kings Mountain vacation planner makes visiting Crowders Mountain State Park and other Kings Mountain attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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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... read more »
We had a lovely time camping at the State Park. The hiking is fantastic and challenging and the Park is very dog-friendly! If you are camping, believe them when they say "primitive" and that you have ... read more »
One of my favorite places. A great hiking experience all year round. The trails are well marked and well maintained. I never go on the weekends and can't comment on the number of people there at that ... read more »
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.
Do not get there before 7am and DO NOT EVEN THINK of pulling up to the gate before 7. You will be verbally accosted and disrespected by a person who has a temper and a gun. As a public servant, he needs to not only drop the attitude, but be aware that people actually make mistakes. That verbal assault was unnecessary and as I am a reasonable person, my mistake (sitting in my car at the front of the gate) was noted. However, I will always remember the disrespect shown. It seems others have experience the assaults as well. I am not sure why nothing is being done about the aggressive behavior of the Park personnel.
Our first time in this trails and it was an awesome time. The guess service were very helpful. A must bring kids and grandkids to and enjoy the scenery. I will definitely will make this a monthly place to visit and stay in shape.
Great views, trails that range from easy to really rugged, climbing and even a lake. Never as crowded as I'm afraid it will be considering its proximity to Charlotte. Wonderful park!
Great hiking and beautiful scenery. Both easy and difficult hikes. Take your own water and food! There is some back at the info house, but you'll want it out on the trail for sure.
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