A beginner’s guide to using a compass to shoot a compass bearing and how to read a topographic map! Be sure to wear appropriate footwear and clothing to be outside. Age range 12+
Events and Programs
Construction will be done to replace the dock at the lake. Any questions call the park office at 704-853-5375.Last updated on: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Personal non-motorized boats may be launched in the lake. Call the park office for additional information: 704-853-5375.Last updated on: Monday, September 24, 2018
Crowders Mountain State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.
Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.
A presentation describing the difference between nocturnal and diurnal animals and the adaptations that they utilize to thrive in their unique ecosystems. An interactive game using this new knowledge will follow. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing to be outside. Age range 8 +
A presentation describing in detail, the many owls in North Carolina, their diet, hunting style and habitat. Come learn about these unique creatures in our backyards. Age range 5+
Take a walk with a Ranger looking for blooming wildflowers in several different ecosystems near the Visitor Center. If you have your own field guide feel free to bring it, otherwise we will briefly go over the wildflowers and we will provide several field guides to use in the field. Bring appropriate footwear and clothing as we will be outside most of the time. Age range 10+
Come learn with a Ranger how to start a campfire without matches, lighters or flammable liquids. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing to be outside.
Crowders Mountain State Park
Day Use Areas
Linwood Road Access, Boulders Access, Sparrow Springs Access (Picnic Areas and Shorts Lake), and all trails close at the closing time posted at all entrance gates.
November: 7am - 7pm
December-February: 7am - 6pm
March-April, October: 7am - 8pm
May-September: 7am - 9pm
8am - 5pm daily
Campers may access the Campground Trail Parking located at the Sparrow Springs Access Area:
November: 7am - 8pm
December-February: 7am - 7pm
March-April, October: 7am - 9pm
May-September: 7am - 10pm
Please plan accordingly, there is a one-mile hike to the campground.