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Hiking at Crowders Mountain, Lunch @Chili’s in Gastonia

  • Crowders Mt. State Park

    4611 Linwood Road , Gastonia, NC (map)

    35.240227 -81.268684

  • Parking lot on Linwood Road for hike .After hike meet at Chili's.

  • Meeting Time:

    Meet at the Linwood Road Access parking lot to start the hike  .  Please plan to arrive in enough time to be ready to start the hike at 2:00 P.M.

    http://www.chilis.com/EN/Pages/menu.aspx

     Chili's Gastonia

    3086 E. Franklin Blvd.

    Gastonia, NC[masked]

    [masked]

    Difficulty: Moderate with some strenuous portions!! 

    Anyone can come on this Hike, just do what you can. Believe me, I am not running a race. See you as you are coming back down. I am here  to have fun!

    Everyone is welcome!! Yes you can bring you dog, children as well.

     Difficulty: Moderate with some strenuous portions!!

    Steep cliffs can be dangerous.

    Hiking Nearby City: Kings Mountain Length: 3.4 total miles Elevation Gain: 850 feet Trail Type: Loop Skill Level: Strenuous/ Easy Duration: 2 hours Season: Year-round Trailhead Elevation: 850 feet Top Elevation: 1,705 feet Other Uses: Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash and attended at all times 

    There are several trails that take you to the 1,625 foot summit of Crowders Mountain. At 9/10 th of a mile, the The Backside Trail is the shortest and steepest trail to the top.On the weekends the parking lot is full and the trails can be "sociable".

    The trail begins near the State Park parking lot on Linwood Road. A loop can be made by taking the Tower Trail (road) back.

    After leaving the parking lot on a dirt road, take the first trail to the right.

    This is the Backside Trail. The trail to the top is on an old road that takes you through a pine-oak forest filled with Virginia Pine and Hickories. At the base of the 150' cliffs that characterize Crowders, you are surrounded by chestnut oaks, hickories and rhododendron. There are benches here and it's a great spot to rest and enjoy the "Mountain like" atmosphere. The hike from the base of the cliffs to the top is a strenuous 5 to 10 minute climb on newly installed steps. Recent renovations and improvements to the park has made it very user friendly. As soon as you reach the top of the stairs the panoramic views begin.

    Once at the top a turn to the left takes you to the best views on the mountain. There are Virginia Pine, Bear Oak and Mountain Laurel scattered about the top of the mountain. There isn't any designated trail up here, so hikers and climbers can be found anywhere. Even if the mountain is over-run with park visitors it is possible to find a quiet spot to enjoy the views. There are many ledges and "nooks" to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic. After hiking to the northern end of the mountain top, good views of Little Mountain can be had. There are several rock faces here that many rock climbers prefer.

     

    Slickrock Creek

    As you leave the parking lot there is a feeling of anticipation in the air. Hikers returning from the forest are excited and talking about their experience. WHEW!! is on of the most often heard expressions. The trail starts out behind the welcome building. Take the trail to the left and cross into another world. As the trail climbs through the damp forest someone can be overheard saying "These trees ain't that big". Then as the trail starts to level off a few big trees can be seen. A little further down the trail even bigger trees come into view. Before long you are in a forest of amazingly large trees.

    GETTIN' THERE

    25 miles from Charlotte take Highway 74 East exit from I-85. The exit is west of Gastonia and past the Bessemer City exit. 1.5 miles from I-85 watch for brown signs on the right. Turn right and follow the signs. Linwood Road, the location of the Backside Trail parking lot. is the first left. The main park entrance and picnic area is straight ahead. Follow the signs to the Park Office and the main parking area of Crowder's Mountain State Park.

     

     

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  • Jim

    Sadly, I must cancel for tomorrow.

    January 25, 2014

  • Sharon D.

    Lunch @ Chili's Gastonia

    3086 E. Franklin Blvd.

    Gastonia, NC[masked]
    [masked]

    January 25, 2014

  • Jolene

    Just wanted to mention that it looks like Hillbilly's closes at 3 on Sundays.

    January 24, 2014

    • Sharon D.

      Thank's I didn't know that.

      January 25, 2014

  • Barbara

    So just to clarify...we meet at the Linwood Road entrance at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Does anyone want to meet before for lunch?

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had to cancel due to the flu, Hope you all have a wonderful time :)

    January 25, 2014

  • Judy S.

    Sharon, I might not be able to make it on Sunday. Depends on what time I get out of church. I will text you and let you know for sure after church!! Thanks!

    January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going on with the hike on Saturday as planned. Hoping not to get blown off the mountain, and that everyone enjoys the hike on Sunday. See you on the next one.

    January 25, 2014

    • Sharon D.

      Thomas, let us know how the hike was on Sat. See you soon.

      January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sharon, I may not be able to make it but am not for sure. Heel spurs, chronic cough, and possibly staying late at church due to greeter duty. I'll know more depending on all these factors on Sunday afternoon.

    January 25, 2014

  • Sharon D.

    We plan to go for a late lunch after hike.

    January 24, 2014

  • Sharon D.

    Change due to weather, after church @ 2:00 P.M.
    on Sunday.

    January 24, 2014

  • Connie H.

    Sunday is fine with me

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be going to lunch---am scheduled to donate blood in the afternoon.

    January 24, 2014

  • john n.

    No carpool takers yet.Call me at 704.541.5771. Still plan to be at Stonecrest at 10:00. Room for 3

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can drive some people if needed (silver Hyundai Elantra) would leave from Park Road shopping center. Would meet at10:15 and leave at 10:30

    January 22, 2014

  • john n.

    Carpool time update---Will be at stonecrest 10:00 and leave 10:15

    January 21, 2014

  • john n.

    Will carpool from Stonecrest. 2011 silver Accord past entrance on right below Harris Teeter. Home phone[masked]--business email: [masked]. Should be there at 9:15 and leave at 9:30

    January 20, 2014

  • Sharon D.

    Just a reminder about carpooling.
    Please take turns on driving so the same person isn’t doing all the driving all the time.
    You guys are doing great on helping out with gas.
    Carpooling Suggestions:
    I want to increase and encourage carpooling to events. When signing up for an event, please post your car pooling needs. Ask if anyone would like to car pool and state the place on site event in comment box. See from the list below. Asked folks if they are interested in carpooling and where to meet and make the arrangements. Will be helpful to communicate regarding carpooling your car color, make, where you are park, phone #...

    January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    & Sam

    January 18, 2014

  • Jim

    Hillbillies is a great bar-b-que spot!

    January 12, 2014

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