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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 have been here twice now in the past couple of months. Once in April and recently in June. The first time we went to the top of Crowder mountain from the backside trail. it is a short ( by their sta...  more »
  • Every family with children 5 yrs or above need to experience Crowders my state park. There's the short mile hike but kinda steep with steps nearing the top. The views are fantastic and memories for a ...  more »
  • I hiked with a young friend of mine, his dad and girlfriend. They were 19, 63 and 18 respectively. I'm 42. We all had a great time. We hiked King's Pinnacle trail from the park office. It's a great da...  more »
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.