Just 40-miles west of Charlotte, Crowders Mountain towers 800-feet above heavily forested, rolling hills. From atop the sawtooth towers that form Crowders summit you can see Charlotte’s skyline and across the border into South Carolina.
The proximity to Charlotte makes this a popular State Park. We encountered lots of friendly folks and tongue dragging dogs along the trail. Parking in the Linwood Access lot is limited. It opens at 7am and I would suggest getting an early start. We arrived Saturday morning (9-23-17) around 11am and luckily snagged a space that someone just left.
The rewards for making the uphill trek were sweeping views in all directions.
We saved the 1.8-mile Tower Trail that descends along the west face of the rocky pinnacles for another day and took the stairs back to the truck.
“It’s not just the length of the trail or height scaled that determines the quality of the quest.” Jeff Lyon