North Carolina

Kings Mountain Gateway Trail

The Gateway Trail is a 7.5 mile multi-purpose trail providing 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.

photo: Beginning of trail at the NC216 trail head

Length: 7.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Fitness Trail, Greenway, Mountain Bike Trail, Rail Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Bicycling (off pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

See more details.


Location: 807 S Battleground Av, Kings Mountain, NC future connection will provide connection with Crowder's Mountain State Park.
State(s): North Carolina
Counties: Cleveland
Longitude: -81.35049
Latitude: 35.230036

Driving Directions

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.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Gravel
Secondary Surface: Asphalt

Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 780
Elevation High Point: 1,070
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Gateway Trail

Contact Information

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.

Trail Management:
Bill McCarter
Kings Mountain Gateway Trails Inc.
107 Plantation Court
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 472-9134
[email protected]

Information Contact:
Shirley Brutko
Executive Director
Kings Mountain GatewayTrails Inc
PO Box 859
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
(704) 739-9663
[email protected]



Biker & Walker

Biker & Walker

Boardwalk over Kings Creek

Boardwalk over Kings Creek


Bridge over South Creek

Bridge over South Creek

Sign at Trailhead

Sign at Trailhead


Trail crossing private rail line

Trail crossing private rail line

Old quarry

Old quarry


Nature Trail Treasures. Photo by Kinsley King.

Nature Trail Treasures. Photo by Kinsley King.


No reviews are available. Be the first to leave one!


Suggest an Edit

Do you see a problem with this trail data? Contact us below: