"Crowders Mountain State Park" Crowders Mountain State Park by jmpncsu

Park Background

Crowders Mountain is a state park southwest of Charlotte near the South Carolina border in Gaston and Cleveland Counties. The closest town is Kings Mountain and it is about 45 minutes from Charlotte. Being close to a major urban area, expect crowds just about any time of the year. And the area surrounding the park is developed, so don't expect unobstructed views of nature. Gastonia is just to the northeast and Charlotte can be seen in the distance. However, despite these drawbacks, Crowders Mountain is still a great park for a visit. The manadnock mountains rising above the rolling hills of the Piedmont provide spectacular views without driving all the way to the mountains.

There are two prominent peaks in the park - Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. These kyanite-quartzite monadnocks have resisted the erosive forces that have effected other peaks and now they stand 800 feet above the surrounding countryside in the western end of the Piedmont. Crowders Mountain is 1,625 feet above sea level and Kings Pinnacle is 1,705 feet. These peaks form the northwest portion of the Kings Mountain Range that stretches into South Carolina.

Prior to European colonization, the area that is now Crowders Mountain State Park was prairie land grazed by buffalo and the mountains marked the border between the hunting lands of the Catawba and Cherokee tribes. In the 18th century, as European settlers entered the area, the Catawba retreated south. In the early 19th century, gold was discovered here and North Carolina was the primary gold-producing state until the discovery of gold in California. In the 1970s, concerned citizens from Gaston County organized to preserve the mountains from mining. The state purchased the land and the park was open to the public in 1974. In 1977, the summit of Crowders Mountain was included in the park and additional land including Kings Pinnacle was acquired in 1987. An additional 2,000 acres were purchased in 2000, connecting the park with Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina.

  • Last visit to Crowders Mountain State Park: Jan 2012
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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