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Crowders Mountain State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Crowders Mountain State Park
Description - 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.

Recreation - 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.

Climate - 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).

Location - 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.

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Filed By: Joshua McQueen (Gastonia, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Tough trails, nice views, not crowded, what else do you want? Plus a fishing lake. A great place to visit.

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Contact Information:
Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Lane , Kings Mountain, NC, 28086, Phone: 704-853-5375, Fax: 704-853-5391
, crowders@vnet.net

Additional Information:
Charlotte Area - Located in North Carolina's southern Piedmont area, Charlotte is one of the south's fastest growing business communities. The area rests at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains offering a variety of vacation and employment opportunities.
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.

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