One of the most popular group hikes in the state parks system has been the annual trek along the Ridgeline Trail from Crowders Mountain State Park to Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park in South Carolina. It’s the only trail that links two states and three parks systems, and this year, 21 park visitors made the 14-mile trip.
This was fourth year of the hike, which commemorates the anniversary of the opening of the Boulders Access, a trail anchor point at Crowders Mountain. The group was accompanied by Crowders Mountain Park Superintendent Larry Hyde and Charles “Rowdy” Harris, manager of the South Carolina State Park, as well as Dewey Matherly, president of Friends of Crowders Mountain. The crowd set off about 9:30 a.m., stopped for a light lunch at Boulders Access and finished about 4:30 p.m. (taking a much appreciated ride back to the starting point courtesy of the friends group).
The hike can be a challenge, particularly in warm weather, but offers some great and varied scenery and the chance to experience three great parks in a day. Find details about the trail here.