What to do in Crowders Mountain State Park

Crowders Mountain State Park is one of North Carolina's busiest parks due to its close proximity to Charlotte, the tremendous scenery and its rock climbing opportunities. There are two major summits, Crowders Mountain at 1,625 feet and Kings Pinnacle at 1,705 feet. There is no climbing on Kings Pinnacle while Crowders Mountain's major feature is climbing.

Because of the summits, this is a favorite spring time location for bird-watchers.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March / October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8 am-5 pm daily. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

The park offers a small 9-acre lake offering bass and bream fishing and canoe rentals during the summer months. Swimming is not permitted. There are wonderfully secluded single unit and group camp sites. However, there is no RV camping. Hiking and climbing are major features of this park, but there are no bridle or mountain bike trails.

Join a ranger for a regularly scheduled hike or educational program.
Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)–Twin Peaks Monadnock. Grades: 5, 6, & 7. Introduces students to basic geologic concepts and processes using the Kings Mountain range. Major concepts covered include rock cycle, rock and mineral identification, weathering and erosion, resource use and stewardship.

Handicapped facilities include: parking, pathways, restrooms and the two covered shelters in the picnic area. As of June 1999, there is a new accessible fishing pier.

From I-85 take Exit 13 (Edgewood Road) about six miles west of Gastonia. Cross over I-85 and turn right onto Highway 29/74. Go two miles and turn left on Sparrows Spring Road and follow the road 2.7 miles into the park.

North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

522 Park Office Lane
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

Phone: 704-853-5375

Fax: 704-853-5391

Email: crowders@vnet.net
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