Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain

#39 of 100 in Nature in North Carolina
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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158 reviews
  • August 10, 2017
    This review is for those out-doorsy people who enjoy spending time outside. This state park is truly a hidden gem located in the Piedmont Section of North Carolina just 25 miles west of Charlotte. My ...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    While waiting for our grandson and great grandson to get to the top and back, we waited at the end of the trail. Nice people/rangers working there. Came out when he saw I was trying to get the water t...  more »
  • July 5, 2017
    We enjoyed the Pinnacle Hike and trekking up the backtrail to the Crowder Mountain overview. This is a great stop for hikers and nature enthusiasts.  more »
  • May 11, 2017
    Trails, trails, trails, and more wonderful trails. You can try strenuous trails (we made it up Backside with it's 336 steps and steep incline), or settle for a peaceful day at Lake trail that circles the park lake. There are plaques throughout the park that celebrate unknown local history as well as a visitor's center with water, snacks and the most knowledgeable staff! This is a wonderful way to entertain the family and get some well needed exercise too!!
  • May 2, 2017
    I love this park. The staff is amazing. And the trails offer everything from a nice stroll to a fairly challenging summit. Hawks drift on the thermals at King's Pinnacle. Lots of bird to watch and listen. It can get really crowded on nice days so go early for good parking or access to a picnic bench.
  • April 12, 2017
    I enjoyed being able to walk on the trails and see the landscape from the top of the peak. There were quite a few people around, which is sometimes annoying (though this was on the weekend). So far in my visits I've been on two trails and did one of the orienteering courses, and I thought that they were fun and in good shape. The staff inside the main building were all super nice and helpful, and the building itself was very clean and well maintained.
  • May 20, 2017
    Crowders Mt. State park is a wonderful small park just outside the Urban environs of Charlotte. A short hike to the top of the ledge will reward you with excellent views of the Charlotte Skyline. There are a few decent ledges for climbing and rappelling as well.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great park to visit and hike. Pets allowed. Hike up, relax, take in the views,take in a bite to eat, hike down. Rinse repeat. Bring water and snacks. Bring a phone/camera. Enjoy yourself.

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