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The Kings Mountain Gateway Trail, as part of the Carolina Thread Trail, is planned to connect the City of Kings Mountain to Crowders Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain National Military Park. The first phase of the trail open to the public is 2.26 miles and consists of paved trail and soft-packed gravel trail. The trail head consists of a restroom/office facility, parking for over 30 vehicles, a bike rack and kiosk, plus a picnic shelter that includes nine picnic tables and two large grills.
The trail will preserve the natural beauty of Kings Mountain and provide a place for nature exploration, education in science and history, and a venue for community events and family celebrations
The trail is ADA compliant.
Directions and Parking
Parking is available at the trail head,, located at 807 S. Battlegground Avenue,, at the corner of Quarry Road.
Directions from I-85 S: From I-85 S, merge onto US 74 W via Exit 10B toward Kings Mountain/Shelby. Take the US 74-BR exit toward Kings Mountain. Turn slight right onto E. Kings Street. Travel 1.1 miles. Turn left onto S. Battleground Avenue. Travel 1.0 miles and parking will be on the left.
Directions from US 74 E: From US 74 E, take the US 74-BR exit toward Moss Lake. Turn right onto Shelby Road/US 74-BR E. Travel 1.7 miles and turn right onto Kings Mountain Boulevard. Travel 2.0 miles and turn left onto S. Battleground Avenue. Travel 1.9 miles and parking will be on the right.
2.26 Miles Total
Points of Interest
The trail offers tranquil views skirting the rim of an inactive quarry, following old mining roads.
Part asphalt, part packed gravel
Walking, Running, Biking, Roller skating, Skateboarding
Level of Difficulty
Easy walk, level ADA compliant
Pets on 6 ft. leash responsible pet cleanup; pet
Restroom facilities availability
Restrooms are available at the trail head
Fees and hours
No fees Hours: Dawn to dusk year round; gates stay locked after hours