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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 4:00pm
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 8:00am
Linwood Access Closed for Construction   

The Linwood Access Area will be closed until further notice for construction.  Visitors are prohibited from accessing Crowders Mountain through Linwood Access or the Tower Trail Gate by vehicle or by foot. 

The section of the Tower Trail from the intersection of Backside Trail to the Linwood Access Area is closed to foot traffic as it is part of the construction site.

Until construction is complete, Crowders Mountain is only accessible by the Crowders Trail and the Rocktop Trail from the Sparrow Springs Road Access Area. 

 Last updated on: Friday, October 4, 2019



Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on the reservations website to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathouses or pit toilets, or has electric hookup; and learn other important information.


Backpack camping

When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately 1 mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping — areas so private that there is often not another person in sight. Both campgrounds are reached by trail and all supplies must be packed to the campsites. Campers must register at the visitor center.

Each family campsite has a grill, picnic table and two tent pads.  Drinking water and vault toilets are provided. Forgoing a few of the comforts of home is worth it when every stream, tree and flower seems made just for you.


Group camping

Larger groups will enjoy fellowship in the backcountry group camping area. Sites 2-5 can accommodate 10 to 15 people, while sites 6-9 can accommodate up to 25 people.

Each site includes a fire ring with grill and three picnic tables. Drinking water and vault toilets are provided. Advance reservations are recommended.



Crowders Mountain State Park – Firewood

Firewood is available for $5 per bundle. Kindling is available for $4 per bag.

No outside wood is allowed. Firewood from outside of the park can carry dangerous insects and diseases — such as the emerald ash borer — which can harm the forest.


NOTE – Gate access for campers:

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park office during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number.

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Sparrow Springs access
and visitor center

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.213316, -81.293555

Linwood Road access

4611 Linwood Road
Gastonia, NC 28086

GPS: 35.240917, -81.269312


Boulders access

108 Van Dyke Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.171180, -81.362762



The gates at Sparrow Springs close at the listed times below.

  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • 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.


The gates at Linwood Road and Boulders accesses close 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

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