• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking, Fitness

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  • Season:

    Year Round

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  • RT Distance:

    4.2 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1100 Feet

Easy Parking

Great hike 30 minutes from downtown Charlotte!

Crowders Mountain State Park is the closest green space to downtown Charlotte and it will not disappoint. There are two peaks worth checking out: The Pinnacle and Crowders Mountain. Crowders Mountain stands at 1,600' offering incredible views of the surrounding area and on a clear day you can see downtown Charlotte. Start at the visitors center and head out on the Crowders Trail and then take the Rocktop Trail to the summit. Make sure to watch your footing as the Rocktop Trail is, well... rocky. This is the best way to reach the summit.  Spend time at the top before heading down over 300 stairs to meet back up with the Crowders Trail which will take you back to the visitors center. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Lunch
  • Sturdy walking shoes 
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Map was easy to follow . It was very nice and worth the drive

4 months ago
4 months ago

Crowders has several trails at all levels. Basically, there is something for everyone. It's quick convenient trip from Charlotte - close, yet you feel so far away. I prefer the Pinnacle Trail that leads to the summit of Kings Pinnacle. Shorter, but a bit more strenuous.

6 months ago
6 months ago

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