King Mountain National Recreation Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,127' 343 m
Descent: -1,098' -335 m
High: 959' 292 m
Low: 617' 188 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A loop trail through the forests of the Piedmont.”— Christopher Rorden
There are several locations for camping along the loop. One is at the marked start of this trail in the state park. However, the linked map of the Federal park indicates the location of three other campgrounds.
From the campground, head west where the trail splits. Turn left to head south on the trail to start. The trail winds through the woods and intersects the Ridgeline Trail which connects Kings Mountain and Crowder Mountain parks.
As the trail continues, you intersect several equestrian trails. About halfway through the loop, there is a clearly marked fork that allows you to hike to the Peak of Browns Mountain. This is a short out-and-back spur that provides good views. Shortly after this, the trail becomes more heavily traveled and easier. The higher traffic is found in the vicinity of the visitor center. The final segment follows the rolling valleys back to the state park.
Much of the trail follows the rivers and has relatively gentle climbs, but there are a few sustained climbs with moderate incline. The trail is very well marked with blue blazes—these include blue-cyan paint, blue diamonds and round blue markers with an icon of a hiker.
The trail is relatively narrow, and some roots can become wet after rain. The trail also gets covered in leaves during the autumn which can make the trail slippery. The trail crosses creeks at numerous points. Many of these crossing have bridges, but some require stepping across rocks. Good resources include:
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Land Manager: SC State Parks - Kings Mountain State Park