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Crowders Mountain State Park

A visit to Crowders Mountain might include hiking more than 20 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, backcountry camping, picnicking and fishing.

This attraction is located in

Kings Mountain

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Crowders Mountain State Park

522 Park Office Ln.

Kings Mountain

704-853-5375

Climb rugged peaks rising 800 feet above the surrounding countryside and 1,600 feet above sea level. Rocky ledges and outcrops are the perfect seats from which to view the panorama below. A visit to Crowders Mountain might include hiking more than 20 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, backcountry camping, picnicking and fishing. Additional features include a visitors center with restrooms and exhibit hall. Educational programs are also offered. Crowders Mountain is free.

Mother Nature blessed Gaston County with a pop-up mountain range in the heart of the Carolina Piedmont. This small range is anchored by Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle, the centerpieces of Crowders Mountain State Park. Crowders is an adventure lover’s dream — 5,210 undisturbed acres just 15 minutes from downtown Gastonia and easily accessible by Interstate 85.

The park, one of the most popular in the North Carolina State Parks system, was founded in the early 1970s thanks to an effort by Gaston Conservation Society to preserve this unique mountain range from the threat of a large-scale mining operation. More land was acquired in 1988, and in 2000, an additional 2,000 acres were added to connect Crowders Mountain State Park with Kings Mountain National Military Park just across the state line in South Carolina.

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL HIKE, BIKE OR FISH

Within the park’s confines are adventures big and small. Hike the short but steep trail to the summit of Crowders Mountain to view Charlotte’s modern skyline in the distance, or stretch it out with the 12-mile (round trip) Ridgeline Trail that connects Crowders Mountain to Kings Pinnacle. Softer adventure can be had on several other trails, or enjoy paddling and fishing in the park’s secluded seven-acre lake.

Park staff hosts events and volunteer workshops throughout the year, and primitive camping is available in two areas. A family camping area has 10 sites, and a group camping area (ADA accessible) has 11 sites. Each area offers grills, picnic tables, tent pads, drinking water and vault toilets.

CONQUER CROWDERS

Many outdoor enthusiasts are satisfied with the strenuous hike to the “top of the world” at Crowders Mountain’s rocky peak. Conquering this steep, rocky ascent is a worthy achievement, and the payoff is a spectacular view of the North Carolina Piedmont.

Heartier souls prefer another method of conquering Crowders: scaling the 150-foot sheer rock cliffs to the summit. Rock climbing is allowed by park permit, and climbers must bring their own equipment. An even stiffer challenge is bouldering, which is also allowed by park permit. Park at the Boulders Access Area and hike one mile to the Boulders.

DOGS ARE CLIMBERS TOO

Crowders Mountain State Park allows dogs on all 11 trails, provided they are on a leash no more than six feet in length. The 11 trails vary in difficultly from easy to strenuous, so be sure to pick the right route for your pup (and you).

Please note the trails at Crowders Mountain are quite popular with humans, particularly during weekends, so keep that in mind when planning a hike with your dog. If you visit during a peak time, you will likely encounter a lot of two-legged and four-legged traffic along the way.

01/19 - 01/23

Rock Haven Farms

Hunt on 120 acres of rolling piedmont farmland. Enjoy southern hospitality and country cooking before or after your hunt or practice shooting clay birds or just enjoy the view over the ponds from the back porch of the lodge.

3346 Tryon Courthouse Rd, Cherryville, NC

Cherryville

01/19 - 01/23

Little Theater

Founded in 1950, Little Theater of Gastonia offers a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and musicals featuring talented, entertaining performers each fall-to-spring season.

238 S Clay St.

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Dutchman's Creek Access Area

Access the Catawba River and Dutchman's Creek here in Mount Holly. Parking lot and trash cans available.

735 Elm Ave

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Aquatic Adventures

Enjoyable, safe, and fun aquatic experiences! Aquatic Adventures offers adventures on the water for individuals and groups.

724 Elm Ave.

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Belmont Rowing Center

Check out the Belmont Rowing Center for a fun workout on the water. The Center provides affordable and accessible recreational and competitive rowing programs for youth and adults.

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Suns Up Scuba

Sun's Up Scuba provides day rentals* of kayaks and paddle boards. These rentals include complimentary transportation to/from the R. Y. McAden South Fork River Access.

900 S Fork Village Dr

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Caromont Health Park

The Gastonia Honey Hunters are a professional baseball team in the Atlantic League based in Gastonia, a "partner league" of Major League Baseball. Their home base is the FUSE District Stadium.

800 W Franklin Blvd

Gastonia

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Gaston College Athletics

Gaston College in Dallas, NC competes in five sports, baseball, softball, e-sports, beach volleyball and men's basketball in the NJCAA.

201 Highway US 321 S

Dallas

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Chuck Johnson Golf Academy

Owner operated driving range situated on 13 acres of tranquil land, just 8 minutes from the Belmont Abbey exit on the I85. Lessons by PGA Pro Chuck Johnson, who has over 35 years golf teaching experience in Europe and South Africa.

4064 Mountain View St.

Gastonia

01/19 - 01/23

Mount Holly Boat Landing

The Mount Holly Boat Landing is on private property but is accessible to anyone wanting to access the water for $2 per person.

724 Elm Ave.

Mount Holly

01/19 - 01/23

Southern Arts Society Gallery and Gifts

Art gallery featuring works created in oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, sculpture, textiles and mixed media.

301 N Piedmont Ave

Kings Mountain

01/19 - 01/23

Valhalla Axe Throwing

Valhalla Axe Throwing Company located in North Belmont.
Open 7 Days A Week

511 Woodlawn St.

Belmont

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Papa Steves Mobile Board Shop

Stand-up paddle board rentals, weekends during the summer at the Mount Holly Boat Landing near Dutchman’s Creek starting at $30 for two hours.

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Centennial Park

Renovated in 2015, Centennial Park serves as the epicenter for entertainment in downtown. Enjoy the park during a special event or relax during the day admiring local art or simply enjoying the pocket of green space in downtown. Explore local businesses while in downtown and use Centennial Park as a place to eat or relax!

114 W Virginia Ave, Bessemer City, NC 28016

Bessemer City

01/19 - 01/23

Gaston School of the Arts

Gaston School of the Arts offers fine arts instruction in Art, Music, and Drama.

825 Union Road

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Lewis Farm

Lewis Farms

a 5th generation working farm located in Ranlo, North Carolina. We offer people a chance to reconnect with the past through showcasing farming practices of the 1930's and 1940's.

330 Lewis Rd.

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Catawba Two Kings Casino

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538 Kings Mountain Blvd

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The Floating Goat

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The Boathouse

The Boathouse

The Boathouse is a hub for outdoor experiences. Located at the South Fork Trail Head in McAdenville, NC.

115 Willow Dr.

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Catawba Riverkeeper at Kevin Loftin Park

Guests can enjoy 90 minutes of self-guided paddling on a calm, quiet stretch of the upper part of Lake Wylie – the oldest lake on the Catawba River. This kayaking experience is great for first time paddlers or families with young children.

East, 1400 Catawba St, Belmont, NC 28012

Belmont