For visitor and staff safety and to prevent traffic congestion once any parking access completely fills, the access area will be closed for up to 90 minutes. Only park vehicles and emergency/law enforcement vehicles will be allowed to enter the access if it is closed.
Visitors planning to arrive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. are advised to consider making alternative plans in case they arrive at a closed access area. Please refer to the North Carolina State Parks web site or alternative information sites for available options.
Staff addressing multiple responsibilities, including parking management and visitor safety, may not be able to immediately respond to inquiries.
Parking anywhere outside the gates is not permitted. Vehicles that do so will be towed and the owner cited.
Canoe rentals have been suspended until further notice.Posted on: Friday, July 7, 2017 - 3:17pm
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Paddling and Fishing
Watch a long, lazy afternoon slip away while enjoying the park’s beautifully wooded lake. Located near the park office and picnic areas, the seven-acre manmade lake has parking nearby.
For those who like to be afloat, canoes can be rented at the park office. Paddle to secluded spots along the shoreline where the only sound is the rippling of the water. Fish from choice fishing spots on the banks or try your luck from the seat of a canoe. Largemouth bass and sunfish are just waiting to be caught. Anglers age 16 or older must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license. Swimming and private boats are not permitted on the lake.
Download instructions and map for orienteering at Crowders Mountain:
IMPORTANT: read the FAQS and Rules about climbing in the park.
Experienced climbers will enjoy the challenges of Crowders Mountain. Climbing is permitted in designated areas only. Pitons, bolts or similar devices that may damage cliff faces are not permitted. Further information may be obtained at the park office.
This form of rock climbing, done without anchors and ropes, is available at the Boulders a one mile hike from the Boulders Access Area. All climbing regulations, including the requirements of a permit, are in effect and some sections of Boulders may be closed to bouldering at certain times of the year. Check with park staff for more information.
The shade of large trees provides a spot for outdoor dining in a beautiful wooded area. Scattered throughout the picnic area are 10 tables with a grill at each table. There are five picnic tables at the Linwood Access Area and four at the Boulders Access Area. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby.
Two large shelters with tables and grills are available for group picnics. Reservations are suggested to be certain they are available. Use of the shelters is free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis unless reservations are requested.
Crowders Mountain State Park
November: 7am - 7pm
December-February: 7am - 6pm
March-April, October: 7am - 8pm
May-September: 7am - 9pm
Day use areas (Linwood Road Access and Boulders Access) and all trails close at the closing time posted at all entrance gates.
8am - 5pm daily