History of the Trail

Kings Mountain is a city rich with resources, yet some are not easily accessible to the public. Our Gateway Trail will provide a connection from Downtown Kings Mountain to City Lake, Davidson Lake, on to Crowder’s Mountain State Park, Kings Mountain State Park, and Kings Mountain Military Park. This greenway is a public-private partnership between Cleveland County and Kings Mountain Gateway Trails. Inc, a non-profit 501c3 created to manage this facility.  We have received grants from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Carolina Thread Trail, National Recreational Trails, Golden Leaf Foundation, NC Adopt-A-Trail, Bikes Belong, and Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust.

We have also utilized another unique asset to connect these resources, our mining history. The greenway offers tranquil views skirting the rim of an inactive quarry, following old mining roads. Rockwood Lithium Corporation is a key corporate partner, donating easements over 85 acres and providing access across I-85.  The trailhead was provided by Martin-Marietta, Inc. and features parking, restrooms, office, kiosk, picnic tables, picnic shelter. Without this corporate support our dream could not have become a reality.  Scouts have added a nature trail, directional signs, mile markers, benches, butterfly garden, and a beautiful overlook on the Cardio trail.