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Gateway Trail

Location 807 S Battleground Av, Kings Mountain, NC future connection will provide connection with Crowder's Mountain State Park.
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Cleveland
Type Fitness Trail
Mountain Bike Trail
Rail Trail
Length 7.00 Miles / 11.27 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No


The Gateway Trail is part of the Carolina Thread Trail.
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photo: Beginning of trail at the NC216 trail head
Beginning of trail at the NC216 trail head

The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail opened in November of 2009. This multi-purpose trail will connect downtown Kings Mountain with a new visitor center at Crowder’s Mountain State Park, providing an opportunities for walking, hiking, and biking. We chose the name “Gateway Trail”, because the City of Kings Mountain is commonly referred to as the “Gateway to the Parks”, due to their close proximity to a national park and two state parks.

Over $800,000 in trail easements have been donated to the county by four large corporate landowners. At the trailhead we have restrooms, picnic shelter, and a short nature trail for kids. Adjacent to the trailhead is a paved walking trail that skirts the edge of an active quarry, and loops back to parking lot along an old rail line that was used to haul rock.

The Foote Trail, named for Foote Mineral Corporation now called Rockwood Lithium, extends along the edge of the mine, crossing South Creek and Kings Creek, then uses an abandoned bridge to cross I-85. This gravel trail has recently been designated as part of the Carolina Thread Trail network. Several scenic overlooks along the way offer excellent views of Kings Mountain & Crowder’s Mountain. Future extensions will provide a connection to Boulders Access, a new public access facility at Crowder's Mountain State Park.

Once the connection is made to Crowder’s Mountain State Park (5126 acres), visitors can access a network of trails co (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Sunrise - Time Closes: Sunset



From Kings Mountain, take NC 216 south 0.5 miles to park entrance.


Additional Information

Width: 120 inches.

Primary Surface: Gravel

Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%

Elevation Low Point: 780

Elevation High Point: 1070

Year Designated: 2013

Date Last Updated: 11/17/2016


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Bill McCarter
Kings Mountain Gateway Trails Inc.
107 Plantation Court
Shelby , NC 28150
(704) 472-9134

Information Contact:
Shirley Brutko
Executive Director
Kings Mountain GatewayTrails Inc
PO Box 859
Kings Mountain , NC 28086
(704) 739-9663


Related Webpages and Documents

Title Type Link
Biker & Walker Photo View/Download
Boardwalk over Kings Creek Photo View/Download
Bridge over South Creek Photo View/Download
Sign at Trailhead Photo View/Download
Trail crossing private rail line Photo View/Download
Old quarry Photo View/Download
Gateway Trail Website View/Download



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