Crowders Mountain State Park, near Charlotte, offers several trails. Hike the 0.8 miles up Backside Trail to the Crowders Mountain summit through Virginia Pines, chestnut oaks, and looming hickories. The short but steep path ends with 336 wooden steps to the top, where a panorama awaits.
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