If you’ve lived in the Charlotte area for long chances are you’ve ventured over to Crowders Mountain on a spring Saturday morning. It’s one of the most popular hiking trails in the area. And now it’s set to get even better. North Carolina Parks announced a multi-million dollar capital improvement project for state parks including $2 million for Crowders Mountain trails.

“These much-needed park improvement projects will bring several of our state parks facilities at some of our most visited parks up to modern standards to improve our visitors’ experiences in the parks,” said N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary D. Reid Wilson. “We remain grateful to the General Assembly and Governor Roy Cooper for providing significantly increased investments in the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund over the last two years, a clear recognition of the importance of our state parks to the people and economy of North Carolina.”

WSOC-TV reports the funds will be used to repair and improve hiking trails that were heavily used by visitors. No word on if these repairs will close trails to visitors for any period of time. I can’t wait til the weather is warm enough to enjoy the Crowders Mountain trails again.

For more information about North Carolina State Parks visit their website.

The New List Of The Best Hikes In America Only Includes Two North Carolina Hikes

It was impossible to narrow down a list of the 25 best hikes in the US because there are literally hundreds of thousands of hiking trails in America. If you are looking for an epic hike, look no further. The Broke Backpacker compiled a list of 25 of the best hikes. Here are the best hikes in the United States. North Carolina made the list. Two times!

We have to disclose, that we didn’t include the Appalachian Trail in our count of two. Our reason is that this hike is over 2,190 miles long and goes all the way from Georgia to Main. Check out the 25 best hikes in the United States below. When you see what North Carolina hikes made the list you might have even done them yourself.

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