Crowders Mountain State Park Travel Guide

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    by jmpncsu Written Feb 9, 2013

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    King's Pinnacle is the highest point in the park at 1,705 feet above sea level. To reach the summit, take the Pinnacle Trail from the Visitor Center. This trail initially follows the Crowders Trail, but turns left at the split. The trail is gradual at first, then gets steadily more steep. There are a couple of switchbacks and then the last part of the trail is just straight up. The trail terminates right before the summit and then its a short climb up some rocks to get to the top. From here it is possible to walk around a bit at the summit and get views in different directions. Where you first get to the summit, there are beautiful views south in South Carolina and west towards the Southern Appalachian mountains in the distance. Walking north a bit leads to overlooks to the north and east, with great views of Crowders Mountain and Charlotte in the distance. You can see the base of an old Airmail Beacon that once was used to help pilots navigate. This peak tends to be a bit less crowded than Crowders Mountain, but on a nice day, don't expect to have the summit to yourself. Heading back down the Pinnacle Trail, the Turnback Trail splits after about a mile and allows you to make a partial loop heading back to the Visitor Center.

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    Crowders Mountain, the park's namesake, is located in the northeast of the park and is visible from I-85. There are two ways to get to the mountain. The first is to start from the Visitor Center and follow the Crowders Trail. The trail crosses Sparrow Springs Road near the park's entrance (watch for traffic when crossing the road) and gradually winds around the mountain terminating at the Backside Trail. This trail leads up to the summit and is short, but steep, starting as a gravel road and ending with more than 300 stairs. Alternately, from the Linwood Road Access area follow either the Backside or Tower Trails up the mountain. Both are gravel roads most of the way, but Tower Trail is longer and thus less steep. It is possible to make a loop by taking the other trail back down to Linwood Road Access. At the summit is a great overlook atop sheer vertical cliffs 150 feet high rising 800 feet above the rolling hills of the Piedmont. Near the summit are radio towers, which are not part of the state park. If you started from the Visitor Center, it is possible to make a loop by following the Rocktop Trail back. This trail follows the ridgeline of Crowders Mountain, scrambling over rocks and cliffs, before ending at the street crossing. This is my favorite trail in the park, because I love all the great rock formations along the trail, as well as the fun and challenge of rock scrambling along the trail.

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