Crowders Mountain State Park

Quick Facts

Crowders Mountain State Park

North Carolina

(704) 853-5375

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Things To Do

Overview

Raptors soar gracefully in the wind; vegetation reaches to the sky; sheer vertical cliffs drop 150 feet. Enjoy the spectacle from a front-row seat. High atop Crowders Mountain, the highest point in Gaston County, views stretch for more than 20 miles. For a closer view of nature's marvels, walk the park's many miles of trails. The gently rolling landscape of the North Carolina Piedmont offers a variety of terrain. Dip into the valleys; cross the foothills; climb to the peaks. Quiet woods, trickling streams and melodious birds await. Or watch a long, lazy afternoon slip away while enjoying the park's wooded lake. When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately one mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping -- areas so private there's often not another person in sight. These spectacular surroundings, like the unique habitats in many other state parks, would not exist were it not for the efforts of concerned citizens dedicated to protecting the environment from continued threats by man. Visit this mountain treasure.

Map of Crowders Mountain (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.210533, -81.293549

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Activities

  • Boating

    For those who like to be afloat, canoes can be rented at the park office from spring through late fall year-round, weather permitting. Paddle to secluded spots along the shoreline where the only sound is the ripples of the water. Private boats are not permitted.

  • Bicycling

    There are no bicycle trails in the park.

  • Camping

    When you've finished exploring for the day, settle in for a long night's sleep. Located approximately one mile from the park office are secluded areas for camping -- areas so private there's often not another person in sight. Both campgrounds are reached by trail and all supplies must be packed to the campsites. For groups and families, a one-mile trail leads to the forested camping area where each campsite has a grill and tent pad and a picnic table. Drinking water and pit toilets are provided.

  • Climbing

    Experienced climbers will enjoy the challenges of Crowders Mountain. Climbing is permitted in designated areas only. Bouldering is available on Buzzard's Roost, near the Boulders Access Area. All climbers must register with the park by completing a climbing and rappelling registration and activity permit which is available at the park office visitor center or at the self-registration box at the Linwood Access Area. There is no fee for this permit.

  • Fishing

    Fish from choice fishing spots on the banks or try your luck from the seat of a canoe. Bass and bream are waiting to be caught! Anglers must have a North Carolina fishing license. Private boats are not permitted.

  • Hiking

    The beauty and diversity of Crowders Mountain State Park are best appreciated on its miles of hiking trails. Hiking trails lined with wildflowers and mountain laurel lead along the ridges and to the summits of Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. Other trails are easy promenades through pastoral surroundings.

  • Historic Sites

    Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Crowders Mountain State Park.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • Picnicking

    The shade of large trees provides a spot for outdoor dining in a beautiful wooded area. Scattered throughout the picnic area are 28 tables and eight grills. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. Two large shelters with tables and grills are available for group picnics. Reservations are suggested to be certain they are available. Use of the shelters is free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis unless reservations are requested.

  • Water Sports

    Watch a long, lazy afternoon slip away while enjoying the park's wooded lake. Located near the park office and picnic ground, the nine-acre, man-made lake has ample parking nearby. For those who like to be afloat, canoes can be rented at the park office from spring through late fall year-round, weather permitting. Paddle to secluded spots along the shoreline where the only sound is the ripples of the water. Swimming and private boats are not permitted.

Directions

Driving

From southbound I-85, take exit 13 to Edgewood Road. At the top of the ramp turn left onto Edgewood Road. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Franklin Boulevard/Highway 74 and drive approximately two miles. At the next stoplight, turn left onto Sparrow Springs Road. Continue on Sparrow Springs Road for approximately two miles, and turn right again on Sparrow Springs Road. The main entrance to the park will be on the right in less than one mile.

From northbound I-85, take exit 8 to NC 161. At the top of the ramp turn right onto NC 161 and drive approximately a quarter mile. Then turn left onto Lake Montonia Road/Pinnacle Road and follow it to its end at Sparrow Springs Road. Turn left at the stop sign onto Sparrow Springs Road. The main entrance to the park will be on the left in approximately one mile.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(704) 853-5375

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