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Aerial view of Crowders Mountain State Park
Current status of park facilities   

All accesses and trails at Crowders Mountain State Park are open. Park hours are 8:00am to 9:00pm.

Rock climbing and boulder for individuals and groups are available; registration is required. All campsites, include group campsites, are open; reservations are required and there are no walk-ups.

The visitor center is open. The auditorium and classroom remain closed. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The Lake Trail will periodically open on weekends during the second phase of trail construction. Please call the park at 704-853-5375 before you plan your weekend trip to the Shorts Lake area.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020


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: 35.2133, -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
 

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:
    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
     
  • 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
     

 

 

 

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 the 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