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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
No Restrooms at Linwood Access   

Due to problems water pressure problems from our public water supply at Linwood Access, the restrooms at Linwood Access will be closed for the foreseeable future. The toilets do not flush properly or at all with insufficient water pressure.

There is a bank of 4 portable toilets on location.

There is enough pressure to provide water at the trailhead hydrant but even the water fountains have begun having problems.

The problem is being looked at by the agency that supplies water to the site, but park staff have not heard when the issue might be resolved.

Rest assured park staff are trying to  get the issue resolved as soon as possible. 

 

 Posted on: Friday, July 7, 2017 - 3:23pm
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.

 

Lake Trail
Location: Sparrow Springs Access. Starts and ends at the park lake
Description: The trail circles the park lake. 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:
light blue circle
Pinnacle Trail
Location: Sparrow Springs Access. Begins at the Visitor Center and ends at the summit of King's Pinnacle.
Description: King's Pinnacle is the highest point in Gaston County at 1,705 feet.
Point of Interest:
Length:
2.00 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
orange circle
Surface: Natural surface
Ridgeline Trail
Location: Sparrow Springs Access. The trail starts near the summit of Kings Pinnacle, and follows the ridgeline all the way to the South Carolina State line.
Description: The Ridgeline trail continues for 2.5 miles into South Carolina through Kings Mountain State Park, and terminates at the 16 mile Kings Mountain National Recreation Trail that goes through Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park.
Point of Interest:
Length:
6.20 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
red triangle
Ridgeline Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Rocktop Trail
Location: Linwood Road Access. starts at the road crossing of Sparrow Springs Road and Freedom Mill Road and ends at the summit of Crowders Mountain
Description: There is no parking at either end of the trail and the trail must be accessed by either beginning on the Crowders Trail (visitor center) or the Tower or Backside Trails (at the Crowders summit). This trail crosses several rock ledges and requires good footwear and careful attention to staying on the trail.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.40 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
red square
Rocktop Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Tower Trail
Location: Begins at the Linwood Access Area and ends at the radio towers on Crowders Mountain.
Description: The trail is an old roadbed that begins with a gentle climb that becomes quite steep towards the end. Please note that business vehicles use this trail to access the radio towers near the summit.
Point of Interest:
Length:
1.80 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Strenuous
Blaze:
light blue square
Surface: Gravel
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