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“Crowders Mountain State Park”

Crowders Mountain State Park
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

Crowders Mountain, just a half hour from Charlotte is a great place for mountain hiking away from the mountains. To reach Crowders Mountain, park at the main visitor center and follow the Pinnacle/Crowders Trail and turn right where the trails split. This trail crosses a street so use caution and watch for traffic while crossing. The trail ends at Backside Trail and begins a steep ascent up the mountain. Alternately, park at the Linwood Road Access and follow either the Backside or Tower Trail up the mountain. The Backside Trail is initially a steep gravel road, then becomes steps - more than 300 of them! The reward for your labor is worth it - an overlook with great views of the landscape. On a clear day (unlike when I took the pictures in this review), the Charlotte skyline is visible. A short ways past the overlook is a communication tower and the Rocktop Trail that goes back to the Crowders Trail at the street crossing. Rocktop Trail is a particularly fun hike - it follows the ridgeline of Crowders Mountain across numerous boulders and rock formations.

The highest peak in the park, however, is Kings Pinnacle. To reach this peak, from the main visitor center, follow the Pinnacle/Crowders Trail and turn left at the split. Another trail will split off further on and then a very steep climb to the summit of Kings Pinnacle, again with great views of the surrounding Piedmont. Near the summit of Kings Pinnacle, is the Ridgeline trail that leads to South Carolina. This is a long trail and you must register at the park office before hiking it.

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"great hike"
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"backside trail"
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"south carolina"
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"visitor center"
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"miles round trip"
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"short hike"
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"shade trees"
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"rock climbing"
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"great exercise"
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"takes about hours"
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"road access"
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"steep climb"
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"enjoy the beauty"
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"plant life"
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"hiking experience"
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"worth the effort"
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"charlotte skyline"
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Reviewed January 26, 2012

The park is well-maintained and simply beautiful, no matter the season. It is definitely a beautiful place to take the family, go for a hike, or enjoy a picnic!

Thank Pam D
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

The trails at Crowders Mountain are great fo beginners and families. It is a perfect day trip! Go in the fall when the leaves are turning and the temperature is mild!

Thank CMM13
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

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North Carolina's Crowders Mountain State Park is only about 50 minutes from South Charlotte, so try to leave early to avoid the hottest part of the day. We ended up starting our hike at noon in late August as it has taken us awhile to truly understand the potent force that is the reality of heat and humidity in the south. Thankfully the trail to the top was heavily shaded most of the way.

The trail we took to the summit was the two mile Tower Trail, which is actually an old road bed that allows access the cell towers and power station at the top of Crowders Mountain. Despite the heat of the day, more than a few families were out and about. One family was even pushing a stroller up the steep road. As long as you go slow, the steepness is managable. The shade will thin out partway up the hill and that is when you will wish it was earlier in the day. A hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are certainly called for, not to mention lots of drinking water.

A few straggly pines dotted the landscape as we got closer to the top where we had to pass the satellite tower before going on to the rocky overlook. It took us about an hour to reach the top and it just feels plain good to do something that burns a few calories in the process. The lookout is a great spot to scramble around on the rocks and then sit and catch your breath while enjoying a simple lunch. Perhaps the best part lies in removing hot and sweaty shoes and letting flaming hot feet air out in the midday sun.

For the descent we took the Backside Trail, a 0.9 mile very steep grade that utilizes stairs toward the top. For a good view into the distance it would be better to go in the fall. A haze always seems to be lingering over the hills. The mix of pollution, humidity, and plant life seems to be a view obliterating combo. It's easy to see why so many films utilize the scenery of North Carolina.

Plenty of other trails course through the park and camping is available as well. It's a great outdoor resource to have located so close to Charlotte.

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Reviewed January 16, 2012

You can see all the way to Charlotte from the top of the mountain. Not too strenuous a climb but not for small children.

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