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Kings Pinnacle  

 SKILL: Novice

PROS: Mountain-like eco-system in the lower elevation, great views  CONS: No car-camping,  Crowds and urban haze

WATER: None  NOTES: Bring a picnic lunch, Steep cliffs can be dangerous.

 

 

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At 1,705 feet Kings Pinnacle is the highest peak in Crowders Mountain State Park. This section of the park, southwest of Crowders Mountain, is far less impacted by visitors. If Crowders is for climbers than Kings Pinnacle is for hikers.

 Because it takes a longer hike to reach the summit, fewer visitors visit this peak. As a result the foliage at the top is  far more dense than the summit of Crowder's. 

 

 

There are also rare plants on this summit. This is believed to be the southern limit of the Bear Oak. In 1991 Mountain High-bush Blueberry was discovered here. Previously it was believed that it did not occur below a 4000 foot elevation.            

 

There isn't any car camping at Crowder's Mountain State Park, however, there is backpack camping available on the Pinnacle Trail. There are two backcountry sites that are a short hike from the park office. Again it must be said that these sites , like the rest of the park, are very "mountain like". Rhododendron bushes and the presence of many hardwood trees give the campground the feel of a campsite in the higher elevations. The sites are located just off of the well marked PinnacleTrail make an excellent base camp for weekend explorations. 

GETTIN' THERE

25 miles from Charlotte take Highway 74 East exit from I-85. 1.5 miles from I-85 watch for brown signs on the right. Turn right and follow the signs. Linwood Road, the location of the Backside Trail parking lot. is the first left. The main park entrance and picnic area is straight ahead. Map your route with MapQuest>>>>

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