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PARK ACCESS AREAS TO CLOSE ONCE PARKING IS FULL   

For visitor and staff safety and to prevent traffic congestion once any parking access completely fills, the access area will be closed for up to 90 minutes. Only park vehicles and emergency/law enforcement vehicles will be allowed to enter the access if it is closed.
 
Visitors planning to arrive between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. are advised to consider making alternative plans in case they arrive at a closed access area. Please refer to the North Carolina State Parks web site or alternative information sites for available options. 
 
Staff addressing multiple responsibilities, including parking management and visitor safety, may not be able to immediately respond to inquiries. 
 
Parking anywhere outside the gates is not permitted. Vehicles that do so will be towed and the owner cited.

 Posted on: Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 8:42am
Canoe rentals suspended until further notice.   

Canoe rentals have been suspended until further notice.

 Posted on: Friday, July 7, 2017 - 3:17pm
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.90 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
orange hexagon
Surface: Gravel, Stairs
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
2.80 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
white diamond
Surface: Natural surface
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red square with a single tent
Surface: Natural surface
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.80 miles
Round Trip
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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
light blue diamond with three tents
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Crowders Mountain State Park

522 Park Office Lane
Kings MountainNC 28086
Phone704-853-5375
crowders.mountain@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.213316
Longitude: -81.293555

Park Hours:

November: 7am - 7pm
December-February: 7am - 6pm
March-April, October: 7am - 8pm
May-September: 7am - 9pm

Day use areas (Linwood Road Access and Boulders Access) and all trails close at the closing time posted at all entrance gates.

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily