Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Hiking trail connects Carolinas

Crowders Mountain is my favorite day hike. It's a quick getaway from Charlotte, and a great place to set the tone for a romantic evening. Assuming your baby doesn't mind physical exertion, a hike to the top followed by a picnic overlooking tree tops can be an excellent prelude for the evening.

The determination of thousands of volunteers means the hiking options around Crowders is even better. After seven years of shoveling and digging, Friends of Crowders Mountain and other nature enthusiasts created the 8 1/2-mile Ridgeline Trail. It connects Crowders Mountain State Park with Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park, which are in South Carolina, according to a Charlotte Observer story. The network of hiking trails is more than 45 miles long.

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