GASTON COUNTY, NC - Fall comes with many colors and there is no better way to enjoy it than being outside. If you are living or planning to visit Gaston County, make sure to try these 5 hiking trails the county has to offer.
- The Lake Loop at Crowders Mountain State Park
The Lake Loop is perfect for a leisurely hike as it spans only eight-mile short. The trail offers a calming view of the lake and the surrounding foliage with typical yet beautiful Fall colors. Moreover, You will be presented with a new spectacle at every turn. The trail can be accessed either through the Sparrow Springs entrance, or hike the Turn Back Trail to Fern Trail from where you park at the visitor center.
- Goat Island Park in Cramerton
Goat Island Park is located at the center of the South Fork River. You can hike at the Carolina Thread Trail greenway that connects the island to downtown Cramerton. Apart from hiking, the park offers other activities such as an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pier, dog park, ping pong tables, and cornhole boards.
- Mountain Island Park in Mount Holly
Mountain Island Park is a 3.2-mile greenway that runs along the Catawba River. Its overhanging foliage will accompany you hike along the trail.
- Crowders Mountain Park
Crowders Mountain Park offers 20 miles long and winding hiking trails. The park stands 800 feet above the nearby countryside and 1,600 above sea level. If the 20 miles hike is too much, you can resort to other activities such as camping, fishing, and picnicking.
- George Poston Park at Spencer Mountain
George Paston Park has a 13 miles hiking trail that passes through a lake, river, and up to Spencer Mountain.
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