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Map of North Carolina – Crowders Mountain State Park

 

Contact the park

704-853-5375

crowders.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

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

 

Hours

  • 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.

 

  • 8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily

     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

 

 

Sparrow Springs Access Closed Thursday...   

The Sparrow Springs Access Area will be closed Thursday, January 23 for construction.  The Linwood Access Area and Boulders Access Area will be open.  Operating hours for the Linwood Access Area and the Boulders Access Area are 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.  Please plan your visit accordingly. 

 Last updated on: Saturday, January 18, 2020

Lake Area Closed   

Construction will begin in December on a new lake trail.  The lake area will be closed to all public access during construction.  No park visitors will be allowed on the fishing pier or allowed to hike or fish around the lake during this time. 

 Last updated on: Saturday, December 28, 2019

List of 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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
light blue diamond with three tents