Trail

Crowders Mountain State Park - Backside Trail

Charlotte, NC
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Get ready to go up at Crowders Mountain on the Backside Trail! This strenuous 2 mile out and back trail is all about elevation, with a 650ft+ ascent over just one mile. Also, be prepared for a leg workout as there are 336 wooden steps just before you reach the summit. Once at the top you are rewarded with a beautiful view. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Charlotte about 25 miles away. The top is a mix of rocks and trees to explore. You can take a short walk to the tower lookout, switch to another trail or simply just relax. Once finished, prepare to descend starting with the wooden stairs again.

This trail is very popular on the weekends and the small lot tends to fill up quickly. So, go early or through the week for best chance at parking.

Please note that at the top there are steep drop-offs at the edge.

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Trail Features

Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, and Viewpoint

At the parking lot area are restrooms, picnic tables and water fountains.
Most of the trail is wide and shaded with natural and gravel surfaces.
There are two points that have benches along the way.

Trail Contributor

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Hi, I am Amanda and branch co-ambassador for the Charlotte, NC group. I am a native West Virginian, but have also lived in Missouri and Ohio. My usual hiking buddies are my boys (ages 2 & 5), with my husband joining occasionally. We love to get outside and explore.