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Ridgeline Trail at Crowders Mountain

Rambling over rocky hills, diving into shady hallows, and cruising through dense hardwood forest, the Ridgeline Trail is one of the most interesting and diverse trails in the Thread Trail system. And, at 8.7 miles, it’s certainly the longest.

This beautiful stretch of mostly singletrack, with a few short sections of old roadbed, connects the sweeping views of Pinnacle Mountain in Crowders Mountain State Park with the trail system at Kings Mountain Military Park. Frequent elevation changes, dozens of miles of contiguous trail, and great variety make this a favorite training ground for area trail runners and hikers.

To reach the Ridgeline Trail, begin at the Sparrow Springs Access at Crowders Mountain State Park and hike approximately 1.5 miles up the Pinnacle Trail. A trail sign at the juncture indicates the beginning of the Ridgeline Trail.


522 Park Office Ln, Gastonia, NC 28052, USA

8 Miles One Way


Best Use




Natural Surface, Gravel

Walking, Hiking, Running


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The Battle of Kings Mountain

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Crowders Mountain

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


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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