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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 9:00am
Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 8:00am
Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 8:00am
Construction Closure   

Construction on the Linwood Access Area parking lot expansion has begun.During the construction the gravel lot will be closed. Expect parking delays until construction is completed.

 Last updated on: Thursday, June 6, 2019

History

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, much of the land in the area was natural grassland grazed by herds of buffalo and elk. The peaks marked the boundary between the hunting lands of the Catawba and Cherokee Indians, and major trading routes crossed Crowders Mountain. By 1775 approximately 80,000 settlers had migrated to the area from colonies to the north. A treaty in 1777 allowed white settlers as far west as the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Catawba retreated peacefully southward. Conflicts between the settlers and the Cherokee persisted until after the Revolutionary War.

As part of the Piedmont, the post-Revolution history is both varied and somewhat unique. Famed botanist André Michaux passed through the region discovering and naming the Big leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) and many other species that still bear the Latin names he provided. During the latter part of the 1800’s into the 1900’s, Crowders Mountain was the back drop for a mineral spring resort, a seminary, an all women’s college, and an African-American college. The Pinnacle was used as a backstop for Camp Chronicle, a United States artillery range during the last few weeks of World War I. From that time period until recently, the majority of the land within and around the park was primarily used for agricultural products like cotton, tobacco, corn, and soybeans as well as livestock.

Perhaps closer to the heart are stories of the families that once farmed this land. While they were paid for the land that founded Crowders Mountain State Park, all were not eager to sell land their families had owned and tended to since the 1800's. Brevard, Brooks, Ormand and Short are among the family names with heritage tied to the land we all appreciate and protect today.

The Brevard family once owned the land that now contains the park campgrounds. Jacob and Rebecca Brevard were born as slaves but worked hard to become some of the early African-American/Cherokee Indian landowners in Gaston County. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Brevard owned 24 3/4 acres of farmland where they raised 14 children. 

The geology of the park is also part of the human history because the land was a source of metals like iron and gold. Minerals such as kyanite, talc, white mica phyllite, and barite were also mined from a few locations within the park boundary. These mines were both open-pit and strip mines, but evidence of these mining operations can only be found far within the park. The remains of another monadnock just south of the park in South Carolina, Henry’s Knob, stands in mute testament to what a large scale mining operation might have done to either Crowders Mountain or The Pinnacle. Ironically, interest in the mineral rights for both of the park’s summits is what initiated the creation of Crowders Mountain State Park.

A Park Established: When exploratory drilling and excavation began in 1970, the threat that Crowders Mountain would be mined led local citizens to seek its preservation. The Gaston Conservation Society was organized in order to block mining operations and encourage the state to acquire and protect the mountain. Based upon the group’s proposal and local support, the state approved Crowders Mountain as a potential state park. A year later funds were appropriated for land acquisition. The park was created in 1973 but did not open to the public until 1974. It was not until 1978 that the summit of Crowders Mountain was included within the park boundary. The Pinnacle and additional acreage were acquired in 1988. In 2000, an additional 2,000 acres was purchased connecting the park to Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina.


Map of North Carolina

 

Contact

704-853-5375
crowders.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Park office and
Sparrow Springs access

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.213316, -81.293555
 

Linwood 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

 

Hours

The gates at Linwood Road, Boulders and Sparrow Springs access (including all trails, picnic areas and the lake) close at the listed times below.

  • December to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • 8:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Campers may access the Campground Trail parking at Sparrow Springs during these hours:

  • 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.