Crowders Mountain State Park
My family and I have been cooped up in the house anxiously keeping up with updates on Irma 24/7, literally. We were so concerned about the direction Irma would take and what impacts she might have in store for us. Instead of putting all of our energy into the hurricane situation, we thought that it would be nice to go to the park to get some fresh air. After all, we had to take advantage of the beautiful cool weather that would never happen in Florida during this time of the year. It was between 55-60 degrees F. Though the skies were gray; the weather was perfect.
We took a visit to Crowders Mountain State Park which is located in Gastonia, North Carolina. We hiked the King’s Pinnacle Trail which is about 4 mile round trip. It took us nearly 2 hours to complete. The hike is moderate to steep climb. The closer you get to the top; the steeper the steps. It took us longer than it should to complete because we were going at a really slow pace since we hit a few bumps and boo boos along the way. Despite the short amount of time we spent on top of the mountain; its beauty was nothing short of spectacular.
The path down was a lot quicker than the hike up. We climbed down about 300 flights of stairs and hiked down the path the rest of the way. I gained a bit too much momentum going down so I had to react fast. The first thing that came to my mind was to reach my arm out towards the nearest tree. Luckily, I was able to successfully stop myself without any major repercussions. The rest of the way was smooth sailing.
I would definitely recommend visiting this park. It is one of the closer mountains from Charlotte; about 40 minutes away. There is no admission fee to access the park. It can get busy during the weekends or if the weather is nice so it’s best get there early. The paths are scenic, well-kept, and easy to navigate through. There are several trails you can take to reach the summit of Crowders Mountain. You’ll definitely be rewarded by its beauty for your hard work!