Climb A Short Mountain Trail Into The Clouds On The Pinnacle Trail In North Carolina’s Piedmont Region

In comparison to the western side of the state, the Piedmont in North Carolina isn’t widely recognized for its’ mountain peaks, but what remains of part of the ancient Appalachian chain of mountains extends almost all of the way down to Charlotte. It’s a little-recognized fact, especially when we’re all so inspired by the higher peaks found to the west. But don’t discount the fun found at Crowders Mountain State Park or the ascent to the park’s mountain summits. If you’re looking for a trail in North Carolina that will leave you in awe, you’ll find it here! And since the highest peak is only 1,625 feet above sea level, you likely won’t be gasping for air by the time you hit the summit, either.

Crowders Mountain State Park, in case you’re not sure where it is in relation to where you are in the state, is about 25 miles west of Charlotte, just outside of Gastonia. Have you hiked this trail in North Carolina? Ever reach the summit at sunrise? What a view!

Note: to reach the summit at sunrise, you’ll need to camp overnight in the park’s campground. Day-use gates don’t open until 8 a.m. Other popular activities at Crowders Mountain State Park are paddling and fishing on the park’s lake, orienteering, rock climbing, bouldering, picnicking, and of course, hiking and camping.

Address: Crowders Mountain State Park, 522 Park Office Ln, Kings Mountain, NC 28086, USA