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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


Mountain Holiday

110 W Mountain St.

Kings Mountain


Outdoor Sporting Goods

Patriot Jacks Outfitters

832 E King St.

Kings Mountain

(704) 739-2989

Trailhead in Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

807 S Battleground Ave.

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.

Crowders Mountain

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

Hike these trails 

Located close by

Foote Trail


Moderate, Easy, Advanced

4.5 Miles

a gravel trail that features a variety of terrain types from the flat to strenuous.

Cardio Hill Trail



0.4 Miles One Way

Moderate to strenuous gravel train featuring a beautiful overlook of the city of Kings Mountain.

Plateau Loop

Paved, Gravel


0.8 Miles

This paved trail includes a short climb and a paved loop that circles a beautiful butterfly garden with a gravel footpath.

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