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Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

This trail is planned to connect the City of Kings Mountain to Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. Hikers and bikers can enjoy the 8 miles of trail, 5 of which are designated Thread Trail, which is comprised of crushed stone, boardwalk, and sidewalk. The trail is ADA compliant. The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail parking lot and trailhead features a restroom/office facility, a bike rack and kiosk, and a picnic shelter that includes nine picnic tables and two large grills. There is also an interpretive nature trail for children to explore.

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail's trailhead is located on a one acre site about ½ of a mile south of Downtown Kings Mountain and is connected to downtown via sidewalks. The Carolina Thread Trail starts in the downtown of Kings Mountain, runs through the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail parking lot, on to the entrance of the Rail Trail at the Gateway and then turns right onto the loop trail then right again onto the Foote Trail that heads south to I-85 and on past to Galilee Church Road. The new section of trail on the south side of I-85 is great for flat surface walking and biking. You can park at the trail entrance at the end of Industrial Drive just off of hwy. 161. Go south over I-85 and Industrial Drive is to the right.

The trail will preserve the natural beauty of Kings Mountain and provide a place for nature exploration, education in science and history, and a venue for community events and family celebrations.


Crowders Mountain State Park - Linwood Road Access, 4611 Linwood Rd, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA

5 Miles One Way


Best Use




Gravel, Boardwalk, Sidewalk

Walking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running, Wheelchair Accessible


Mauney Memorial Library

100 South Piedmont Ave.

Kings Mountain NC



133 West

133 West Mountain St.

Kings Mountain NC


Art Piece

The Battle of Kings Mountain

100 East Mountain St.

Kings Mountain NC

Kings Mountain State Park

The Piedmont’s Kings Mountain State Park has miles of forested trails perfect for supreme Kings Mountain hiking, two fishing lakes, and sits adjacent to Kings Mountain National Military Park, one of many national park Revolutionary War sites.


Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain is home to comfortable climates, top-notch educational institutions, healthcare facilities, recreational opportunities and friendly people. Whether you are interested in outdoor recreation, the arts, dining and shopping, business and industry, education or healthcare, we have it all right here in Kings Mountain. Special events provide Kings Mountain residents and visitors with year-round family-style entertainment, by producing and promoting free festivals and city-wide holiday celebrations.

Hike these trails 

Located close by

Turnback Trail

Natural Surface

Easy, Moderate

1.2-mile, One way

Not as steep as the Pinnacle Trail, Turnback Trail is an easy to moderate, natural trail running mostly through the woods at Crowders Mountain State Park. This trail also tends to be less populated.

Crowders Trail

Natural Surface, Boardwalk, Gravel


2.5 miles, One Way

The Crowders Trail is part of the trail system at Crowders Mountain State Park and runs 2.5 miles through this popular park.

Backside Trail



.08 mi. one way

The Backside Trail can be found at Crowders Mountain State Park at the Linwood Road Access. This trail is a strenuous hike including 336 wooden steps to reach a breathtaking summit and connects to the Crowders Trail also in the park.

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