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Upcoming Events:

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

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

 Last updated on: Monday, July 8, 2019

Trails

The beauty and diversity of Crowders Mountain State Park are best appreciated on its miles of hiking trails. Hiking trails lined with wildflowers and mountain laurel lead along the ridges and to the summits of Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. Other trails are easy promenades through pastoral surroundings. Circle the lake on a gravel path or view aquatic plants and animals along a narrow creek. Bring a pair of binoculars and do some bird watching or tote a camera and capture the beauty of wildflowers in bloom.

 


Backside Trail
Location: starts at the Linwood Access Area and ends at the summit of Crowders Mountain

Description:

Just before reaching the summit, hikers will climb up 336 wooden steps.


Surface: gravel, stairs

Length:
0.90 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous
Blaze:
orange hexagon

Crowders Trail
Location: The trail includes one state road crossing, and provides access to the Crowders summit via the Backside Trail.

Description:

The trail includes one state road crossing, and provides access to the Crowders summit via the Backside Trail.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
white diamond

Family Camping Trail
Location: The trail gives campers access to the family backpack camping area

Description:

The trail gives campers access to the family backpack camping area.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
red square with a single tent

Fern Trail
Location: This loop trail connects with a portion of the Turnback Trail and follows a creek for some portions of the trail.

Description:

This loop trail connects with a portion of the Turnback Trail and follows a creek for some portions of the trail.

Crowders Mountain State Park’s TRACK Trail adventures were designed for use on the Turnback Trail, Fern Trail, and Lake Trail. These three trail combined make a 2.1 mile round-trip hike.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.80 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
red hexagon

Group Camping Trail
Location: The trail gives campers access to the group backpack camping area

Description:

The trail gives campers access to the group backpack camping area.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate
Blaze:
light blue diamond with three tents

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.