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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 (http://www.hikingthecarolinas.com/crowdmap.php) 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 (http://www.hikingthecarolinas.com/crowdmap.php) 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.