Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Rail Trail
Length: 7.00 miles
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
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Location: 807 S Battleground Av, Kings Mountain, NC future connection will provide connection with Crowder's Mountain State Park.
State(s): North Carolina
From Kings Mountain, take NC 216 south 0.5 miles to park entrance.
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 connecting Kings Mountain State Park in SC (6885 acres), and Kings Mountain National Military Park (3945 acres). The military park is also the terminus of the Over-mountain Victory National Historic Trail.
The Foote Trail will also connect with City Lake and Davidson Lake, once a pristine source of drinking water for the city. These lakes are no longer used for public water, the city owns 166 acres surrounding these lakes, providing a unique opportunity for passive recreation.
Cleveland County, Martin Marietta and Rockwood Lithium, Carolina Thread Trail, Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, and Kings Mountain Military Park are our key partners, along with our many friends.
Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Asphalt
Average Grade: 5%
Elevation Low Point: 780
Elevation High Point: 1,070
Year Designated: 2013
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsWebsite: Gateway Trail
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Kings Mountain Gateway Trails Inc.
107 Plantation Court
Shelby , NC 28150
Kings Mountain GatewayTrails Inc
PO Box 859
Kings Mountain , NC 28086
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