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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.

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Joshua Williams

in the last week

Our first time visiting Crowders Mountain and climbing up to Kings Peak was magical. When I say magical, I'm not speaking of the actual hike to the top which was grueling if you haven't done it before, I mean the view from the summit! The hike to the top was only about an hour, though getting there was not the easiest feat. We found many mushrooms as we did a foray before we went on the hike, we also found many more (edible, but check with an expert before consuming) as we climbed to the top of the peak. Once we got to the summit.. WOW. It is the tallest point in all of Gaston County and the views were nothing less then spectacular! You could spend a few hours up there alone just checking out the views to Spencer Mountain, and surrounding areas including a very distant skyline of Charlotte. One of the most beautiful view points we have seen in the southern states!!! So we'll worth it, and can't wait to go back for the 6 mile hike which they say takes about 4 hours round-trip.

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a year ago

The wife and I came here looking for a good hiking somewhat close to Charlotte and we're not disappointed! We ventured onto the Pinnacle Trail, which ends up being about 4 miles round trip. Don't let the sign fool you, if you walk at a moderate pace, you'll definitely finish in less than 2 hours. The trail itself is very well defined, and about as smooth as an uphill dirt path can be. The scenery is quite beautiful, the green leaves were completely out, and providing great shelter from direct sunlight. The view from the top is outstanding, you can see for miles, and would be the perfect place to have a break with a little snack or lunch. I would rate the trail as moderate, for the most part it has a gentle grade, but towards the end you definitely will feel the incline increase. We came on a early afternoon Saturday, and it was lightly trafficked...you won't be alone, but you won't be fighting anyone off the path either.

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Lauren Johnson

3 weeks ago

What an incredible place. So many different trails available from an easy stroll around the lake to a 6+mile trail into SC. We took the easy stroll today and really enjoyed it. Be sure to pack a picnic. There are multiple picnic tables available to sit and eat at around the lake. Plenty of natural tree canopy shade on a hot day as well.

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Jordan Miller

a year ago

Beautiful trails and hikes, very scenic. King's Pinnacle is a moderately strenuous hike, but so worth the view. I'll definitely be making more visits here.

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Thad Gantt

a year ago

Need to spend some money here, better trail signage needed, better maps, replace damaged or missing signs, and at least some staff available to visitors.

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