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Ridgeline Trail

Aerial view of Crowders Mountain State Park
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Status of park facilities as of May 23   

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 Shorts Lake Trail 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, May 22, 2020

Ridgeline Trail

Ridgeline Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park

The Ridgeline trail continues for 2.5 miles into South Carolina through Kings Mountain State Park, and terminates at the 16 mile Kings Mountain National Recreation Trail that goes through Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Trail Location: 
Sparrow Springs Access. The trail starts near the summit of Kings Pinnacle, and follows the ridgeline all the way to the South Carolina State line.
Trail Length: 
6.20 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
moderate hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
red triangle

Map of North Carolina – Crowders Mountain State Park

Contact the park



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


  • 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:
    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.


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