Crowders Trail is a scenic 2.8-mile out-and-back trail that take you up to the summit of beautiful Crowders Mountain. Dogs are welcome to join you on this pawsitively amazing trail on-leash.
Crowders Trail begins in the Sparrows Spring Trail Access Area, where parking, restrooms, and water fountains are available. As you start hiking up Crowders Trail, you’ll go through a beautiful forest filled with pine and oak trees. The majority of the trail is uphill, but the incline on this trail is less steep than many other trails in Crowders Mountain State Park. As you’re hiking up the trail, you may get to see some of the wildlife that lives in the forest, including chipmunks, foxes, eastern cottontail rabbits, salamanders, and eastern box turtles.
About halfway through the trail, you’ll cross over Sparrow Springs State Road. After that, you’ll continue hiking uphill until you reach the end of the trail at Crowders Mountain’s summit. If you’d like, you can climb up the observation tower at the top of the summit. From here, you’ll get sweeping views of the mountains surrounding Crowders Mountain. There’s also a scenic overlook at the summit that provides great views. Be sure to spend some time admiring the views here before you head back down to the start of the trail.
Crowders Mountain State Park always opens at 7 AM, but the park has different closing times throughout the year. In November, the park closes at 7 PM. From December to February, it closes at 6 PM. In March through April and in October, the park closes at 8 PM. Finally, from May to September, the park is open until 9 PM daily.
Crowders Trail is a fun mountainous trail that provides amazing views! Be sure to bring some doggy bags and water with you on your hike, and have a great time trekking here.
Be aware that venomous copperhead and timber rattlesnakes live in the area. Make sure to look out for these snakes as you’re hiking. Also, be sure to look out for poison ivy as you’re hiking down the trail.