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Charlotte, NC: Crowders Mountain Loop

This 5.2-mile loop climbs through chestnut oak and fern undergrowth to far-reaching views on top of Crowders Mountain. Bring your binoculars—warblers, hawks, and owls are a common sight along the trail.

Rating

After a .8-mile warm-up, the trail to Crowders Mountain either goes up, or goes up in a hurry. Follow this route clockwise to approach the summit at a more moderate grade, or tackle it counter-clockwise for a more strenuous challenge. This is a great year-round city escape, but it’s best when Crowders Mountain State Park’s diverse ecology bursts into a springtime bloom and the trail turns into a bird-watching paradise—migrating species of warblers and vireos add to an already diverse mix of hawks, owls, and other winter residents.
Mapped by Tim Johnson

To Trailhead

Take I-85 to exit 13. Turn left on Edgewood Rd. After .8 mi., go right on US 29. Go 1.9 mi. and turn left on Sparrow Springs Rd. After 2.7 mi., go right on Sparrow Springs Rd. In .6 mi., turn right on State Park Ln. (park entrance). Make next right on Park Office Ln. Continue to trailhead.

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