“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
I follow a few local photographers on Instagram. I do this to learn about new places to check out near where I live. For the last few years, I have wanted to visit Crowders Mountain. It is about 30 to 40 minutes from Charlotte. It’s easy to get to from I-85. I wanted to go last year, but I was teaching summer school. Since I wasn’t working this summer, I decided to look for an opportunity to go. I saw last Monday that the weather wasn’t going to be as hot, so my son and I headed over to check it out. The view from the top is amazing. We stayed up there for a while to enjoy it. Here are some tips if you want to go check out Crowders Mountain.
If possible, plan to go on a weekday. It gets crowded on the weekends. If you have to go during the weekend, go as early as possible because the parking lots fill up quickly.
‘ Bring plenty of water and a snack. It’s a long way to the top, and staying hydrated helps.
Dress for the occasion. Wear comfortable clothes and a good pair of shoes. To get to the top is about a 3-mile hike uphill. They don’t call it a strenuous trail for nothing.
Crowder’s Mountain was once a mine. Back in the 1970’s it was going to be turned into a mine. The local community wanted to preserve the land, and so they encouraged the state to preserve it. They had seen what mining can do to an area, and they wanted to state to save the mountain. The funds were put together to acquire the land and the mountain. Now it is a popular spot for hikers and groups to enjoy.
Here are my shots from the top of what they call the King’s Pinnacle. Don’t worry I didn’t get too close to the edge. It’s amazing to me that a place that is so incredible, and it’s close to the city that I live in. What are some awesome places local to you that you like to check out?