Four Perfect Fall Hiking Spots

The changing leaves and crisp breeze make it impossible to stay inside, so grab your hiking boots or ready your bicycles because Gaston County has some of the best spots to enjoy the outdoors in the Greater Charlotte area.

Connected by greenways, trails and blueways, the Carolina Thread Trail encompasses most of the trails in Gaston County. From beginners to pros, all are welcome to try out one of the many trails, simply start exploring and log which trails you’d like to try on their interactive online map.


  1. Seven Oaks Preserve Trail Trailhead: Attention bikers! Open from dawn till duck, this naturally surfaced trail is ready for you to ride your non-motorized bike around its 5-mile-long trail that loops through the back trails of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.


  1. South Fork Trail & Blueway Access: Beginning at Spencer Mountain, hike, bike, or paddle all the way through the Town of Cramerton. The Catawba Lands Conservatory protects over 1,300 acres of this trail for recreational use, so remember to do what you can to upkeep the trail while you hike.


  1. Highland Rail Trail Trailhead: Travel alongside Gastonia’s historical railroad on this paved trail on foot or bike. Although short, this is a great trail to utilize during a lunch break because it’s right by Gastonia’s local farmers’ market.


  1. Crowders Mountain: Catch a bird’s eye view of the autumn leaves from the top of Gaston County’s most popular mountain. As one of North Carolina’s Top 10 most visited State Parks, this is the crown jewel of local hiking spots. Catch a glimpse of the view by checking out this geotag on Instagram.


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