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Crowder's Mountain - Moderate to Challenging Hike

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  • We will start the hike from the Park Office at noon.   Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch, we will plan to take a break at the summit.  This is a fairly challenging hike, but offers some really great views.

    By taking the Crowder's Trail from the Park Office, combining it with the Backside and Rocktop Trails, a nice 5 mile hike can be made. The hike winds through pine - oak forests that are being over taken by oaks. This trail is lightly   traveled, for 2.5 miles, until it junctions with the Backside Trail.  After this hike crosses the top of Crowder's mountain you turn on the Rocktop Trail at the tower.  The  Rocktop Trail is less traveled and has excellent views. It has a lower elevation than the Crowders summit,  but has great views of the cliffs and the surrounding countryside.  The rocks have odd shapes and there are indentations in the rock.  At 1.5 miles long, the Rocktop trail is rocky and lined with Rhododendron for most of its length. Here too are some great places to rest and enjoy this little slice of the mountains. The Trail reaches the road and rejoins the Crowder's Trail to take you back to the Park Office and the main parking lot.

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  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    Canceled??!! Arlene,
    After you shamed me into going when i talked with you today. I thought we'd hang back with all the out of shape people & have a party!!

    April 19, 2014

  • Colleen

    I did this hike last year and it kicked my butt. This year I will kick it`s butt or at the very least I will not want to throw up and die half way up the stairs from H E double hockey sticks.

    1 · March 2, 2014

    • Ray W.

      LOL. Yeah, those stairs after a long hike was like pouring salt in a wound.

      March 3, 2014

    • Ray W.

      No staying up late before this one. :)

      April 12, 2014

  • Kayak Dave "THE R.

    I want, i want, i want!!!

    April 9, 2014

  • Andrea

    Arlene, are you meeting at the trail head at 11 or for a car pool? I have a soccer game that morning so I am trying to figure out if I will be able to make it to the hike in time.

    April 9, 2014

    • Andrea

      I will definitely be able to make it there by noon. See you all at the park office.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Arlene T.

      David if you want u can ride with me from Morganton

      April 9, 2014


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