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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:00am
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 8:00am
CANCELLED - Astronomy program scheduled...   

The program, originally scheduled for Friday, March 15th, has been cancelled due to the forecast of rain and mostly cloudy skies

 Last updated on: Thursday, March 14, 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.

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

Map of North Carolina

Day Use Areas

Linwood Road Access, Boulders Access, Sparrow Springs Access (Picnic Areas and Shorts Lake), and all trails close at the closing time posted at all entrance gates.

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

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily

Campground

Campers may access the Campground Trail Parking located at the Sparrow Springs Access Area:

November: 7am - 8pm
December-February: 7am - 7pm
March-April, October: 7am - 9pm
May-September: 7am - 10pm

Please plan accordingly, there is a one-mile hike to the campground.