Article Published: Jan. 10, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 10, 2014
Crowders Mountain State Park in Gaston County has been named the North Carolina 2013 Park of the Year by the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
The park was chosen for its “exemplary contribution to the North Carolina state parks mission of stewardship, public service and education” and specifically recognized for initiatives in natural resource management, volunteerism and expanded recreation opportunities.
“Crowders Mountain has developed into one of our busiest state parks with more than 300,000 visitors each year, yet the staff has found time to develop new ideas in recreation, protection of natural resources and involvement with the community,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.
The state parks system began choosing a Park of the Year in 2010 with nominations from each of four districts.
Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County was honored in 2012.