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Crowder’s Mountain State Park, North Carolina, is a popular destination for those that rent an RV in Gaston County. Easily accessible to the nearby towns of Gastonia and Kings Mountain, as well as the city of Charlotte, it provides visitors with the perfect mountain escape. Offering challenging hikes, towering cliffs, and views that will take your breath away, Crowder’s Mountain is made for the adventure lover.
Crowder's Mountain State Park includes the peaks of Crowder’s Mountain and The Pinnacle and was named after the creek that runs through the park, originating at the mountain’s peak. A stay at the park will give you the adventure to remember.
Crowders Mountain State Park offers some very challenging hikes that are more suited to the experienced hikers. Here are 11 trails in total, some of which are easier than others. The Ridgeline Trail links to the neighboring Kings Mountain State Park. Depending on the time of year you go motorhome camping, it is likely that many of the trails will be lined with stunning wildflowers. For those that are up for the challenge, some of the most popular routes will take you up and along the ridges to the summits of Crowders Mountain and Kings Pinnacle. There are also a few flatter trails, such as the one that leads around the lake.
The nine-acre lake that is located within Crowders Mountain offers plenty of opportunities for water-based recreational activities such as fishing and swimming. Watch a lazy day slip away as you fish from a choice of fishing spots around the lake or try your luck on the fishing pier. Many largemouth basses and sunfish love in the lake, so there is a good chance of a catch. Bring along your kayak or canoe and explore the water from a different perspective, and if you don't own your own, rentals are also available.
Rock climbing and bouldering are also popular activities for those that go RV camping at Crowder’s Mountain State Park. Those that are experienced will enjoy the challenges that the mountain provides, although be aware that climbing is permitted in only designated areas. The Boulders offer a different type of climbing experience and can be reached with a mile-long hike from the Boulders Access Area.
There are some state park RV campgrounds in Crowders Mountain State Park; however, it is only backcountry camping with a mile hike to reach the sites. For those that are motorhome camping, there are plenty of other options in the surrounding area. Camp in the neighboring state park of Kings Mountain, which has camping facilities. Each site is made up of packed gravel and includes electric and water hook-ups. Several of the campsites can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, making it a good option if you have a larger RV rental.
Another close option is Hound's Campground, which has 43 campsites available. All sites include water, sewer, and 30/50 amp service. There are modern restrooms and clean and well-stocked bathhouses, as well as on-site laundry facilities. There is a huge range of activities to help you entertained during your stays such as corn hole, horseshoes, paddle boats, a video arcade, and lots more.
The park is located very close to the town of Gastonia, which provides visitors to the area with plenty of things to do. Spend a day with the family at Adventure Landing, which has lots of activities tailored towards both children and adults. There are three 18 hole mini-golf courses, each one with a different theme, arcades and batting cages, so you can test out your skills with family and friends. There is also an on-site restaurant so you could easily spend the whole day here.
The Carolina Speedway is very close it the town and park, and if you rent a camper near Crowder’s State Park between March and October, you have to spend at least one Friday night at the races. This sport is great fun to watch, with the track itself being one of the oldest dirt tracks in the south.
For a close-up animal encounter, you could pay a visit to the RJ Rednour Farms. A little farm that is home to an array of animals. The kids will certainly love the chance to take a horseback or hayride around the property. Be sure to buy some animal food and check out the petting zoo. For a more adult-oriented activity, you could try a local brew at the Cavendish Brewery, a great place to spend the evening while in town. The brewery specializes in creating unique old-world beers made using modern techniques.