Crowders Mountain State Park

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Hiking Trails

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About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Carvers Creek State Park

Located in Gaston County 32 miles west of Charlotte, Crowders Mountain State Park boasts two mountain peaks that offer magnificent views of the surrounding Piedmont. Trails offer challenging hikes and towering cliffs — and even the opportunity to traverse two states through the Ridgeline Trail, which connects to Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. A wide variety of resident birds, from songbirds to birds of prey, make the park a great spot for birdwatching. 

Camping at Sparrow Springs

  • Tent sites (backpacking only)
  • Group tent sites (backpacking only)
  • Firewood
     

There are no camping facilities at Linwood or Boulders access.

Activities

  • Hiking (20 miles at Sparrow Springs; 4 miles at Linwood; and 6 miles at Boulders)
  • Paddling (Sparrow Springs only)
  • Fishing (Sparrow Springs only)
  • Picnicking
  • Rock climbing (Linwood only)
  • Bouldering (Boulders only)

Amenities at Sparrow Springs

  • Amphitheater
  • Auditorium and classroom
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
     

There are no other amenities at Linwood or Boulders access.

Plan Your Visit

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Address

522 Park Office Lane, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.2133, -81.2935

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28086 Kings Mountain, NC

Address

4611 Linwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28086

GPS: 35.2409, -81.2693

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28086 Gastonia, NC

Address

108 Vandyke Road, Kings Mountain, NC 28086

GPS: 35.1711, -81.3627

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28086 Kings Mountain, NC

Park Hours

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The gates at Linwood Road and Boulders accesses close at the listed times in the table chart.

Day-use visitors may use the Sparrow Spring access also during the listed times. 

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

The gates at Sparrow Springs close for campers at the listed times in the table chart.

Please note that there is a 1-mile hike to the campground from the parking lot. Please plan accordingly.

Park gates are locked daily at the posted hours. No entry or exit will be allowed when gates are closed, including for campers, except in the case of a medical or law enforcement emergency.

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Education

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Photo Gallery

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Top: Aerial view of the park from a helicopter, C. Peek

Gallery: Child at park lake, C. Peek  |  View from the Pinnacle, K. Bischof  |  The Needle, C. Peek  |  Charlotte skyline as seen from Crowders overlook, J. Darby  |  Aerial view of Sparrow Springs access and park lake, C. Peek