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Aerial view of Crowders Mountain State Park
Status of park facilities    

As of Saturday, May 23, all access areas and trails at Crowders Mountain State Park will be open. Park hours are 8:00am to 9:00pm. Rock climbing and bouldering will open by registration only. Group rock climbing activities will remain closed until Phase 3. Picnic areas and the visitor center will also remain closed. The Lake Trail and Lake will remain closed for construction. Family backcountry camping will open May 23, by online reservation only. Group camping will remain closed.

 Last updated on: Friday, June 19, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Crowders Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

704-853-5375

crowders.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Sparrow Springs access
and visitor center

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.2133, -81.2935
 

Linwood Road access

4611 Linwood Road
Gastonia, NC 28086

GPS: 35.2409, -81.2693

 

Boulders access

108 Van Dyke Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.1711, -81.3627
 

Hours
 

  • The gates at Linwood Road and Boulders accesses close at the listed times below. Day-use visitors may use the Sparrow Springs access also during the listed times below.
     
  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

  • The gates at Sparrow Springs close for campers at the listed times below.
     
  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • There is a 1-mile hike to the campground from the parking lot. Please plan accordingly.
     
  • There is no gate entry before or after hours, including for campers, except in the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency.

 

  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Things to do

Hiking

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.

Fish from choice fishing spots on the banks or try your luck on our fishing pier. Visitors and fishermen may launch personal canoes and kayak. Only human and electric powered watercraft allowed. Largemouth bass and sunfish are just waiting to be caught. Anglers age 16 or older must possess a valid North Carolina fishing license. Swimming is not permitted. Please be safe and wear a life vest while on the water!

Orienteering

Download instructions and map for orienteering at Crowders Mountain:

Carolina Orienteering Klubb (COK) Course Map and Instructions (PDF)
Beginner Course Map and Instructions (PDF)

Rock Climbing

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.

Bouldering

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.

Picnicking

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.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at Kings Mountain National Military Park, and Kings Mountain State Park (SC).