May 27, 2018
Located near the South Carolina border on the outskirts of Gastonia, N.C., Crowders Mountain is considered a monadnock, or a hill that rises abruptly from the surrounding area, and is actually not even a mountain. It has been years since Emily and I went hiking without the girls, but with the grandparents watching them, we decided to leave early on Sunday morning to visit this park.
Crowders Mountain S.P. is located near the South Carolina border on the outskirts of Gastonia, N.C. There are several entry points for hiking. My wife and I first went to the Linwood Road Access. Even at 8:30 in the morning, the parking lot was full, families out hiking, groups, people with dogs, literally hundreds of people. We quickly ducked back in the car and headed to the Sparrow Springs Access.
The Ranger Station at Sparrow was quite palatial and appeared newer. There were fewer cars here, so we decided to hike up to Kings Pinnacle. It was a nice 2.2 mile hike to the summit, with only the last .5 miles being somewhat uphill. What made this hike so tough was the abominable humidity. The views from Kings Pinnacle were quite nice.
I really enjoyed hiking with my wife, talking and spending time in the woods. What I did not like was this park. The trails are severely wide, erosion is ever present, trail crew equipment was everywhere the weather was humid, and by the time that we had finished, the trailhead was filled to the brim. We must have passed 30 people on our descent from the peak.
While I am happy so many people are venturing outside, I will stay away from this park.