Crowders Mountain State Park
Companion peaks at Crowders Mountain State Park The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain offer challenging hikes, towering cliffs and 25-mile views of the surrounding piedmont. Eleven trails range from pastoral to strenuous, including the Ridgeline Trail, which links to Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. A nine-acre lake offers choice spots for fishing or an opportunity to try canoeing with rentals available. Backcountry camping is featured with individual sites approximately a mile from parking areas. The rugged terrain of Crowders Mountain lends itself to rock climbing and bouldering with permit in designated areas. A visitor center with museum-quality exhibits complements regular interpretive programs.
There is nothing that I don't love about Crowders! You can take your dogs on easy to moderate hikes at main entrance location. Or you can challenge yourself at the Linwood access trail and get an amazing workout at this challenging hiking trail. Pretty much straight up to peak, I call it the 'a** eraser ' trail! Lol! There is also amazing rock climbing, some bouldering and breath taking views from both summits. If you love nature and haven't been...go!! There is also camping. Main entrance has visitors center. Linwood access doesn't, but does have restrooms at base. Year round hiking. Spring is crazy busy, so go early. There is also a leisurely lake trail with canoeing available. Many trails to choose from and hikes from 1 to 6 hours and every fitness level. 5 stars!
Great on slow days, but terrible on busy days. The trails aren't very difficult, but you can get a good challenging workout if that is your goal. The views are the best you will find this close too Charlotte. The thing that makes this park not worth going to is the crowds. If you go on a (non holiday) weekday, when the kids are in school; you have the ability to enjoy nature. Unfortunately on most weekends, especially during warmer months, it gets so crowded that it feels like your are walking around uptown Charlotte... assuming you get there early enough before parking fills up and the rangers start turning people away. If you are willing to drive a little further, I'd recommend visiting South Mountain State Park if Crowders is full.
This place is great! We hike - and this is a great place to go! Close to Charlotte, but the views are wide open and not views of the city! So much to see on the ground in the trees and rocks, and up in the sky! There are trails here for all skill levels. Everything is pretty well marked, and the maps are spot on. The staff in the welcome center was very nice. Don't be turned off by the busy parking lot - with all the trails and service roads, it is easy for people to spread out. Take the water and carb refueling food - it is easy to pick up a new trail and just keep going! Really an amazing park to me.
The trails are so much fun to hike! Many scenic areas to enjoy! If you're going to the top, you should plan to spend several hours so you can really see the spectacular view. Crowder's mountain is a great place to spend the day if you enjoy the outdoors.
Had a great day of December hiking. This place has a reputation for crowds but not too bad today. Well-marked and maintained trails, nice visitor center, all you could want and close to Charlotte