Kings Mountain Gateway Trails
The trail head is located on a one acre site about ½ of a mile south of Downtown Kings Mountain. The site is located at 807 S. Battleground Avenue at Quarry Road (GPS Coordinates N35° 13.802’ W081° 21.030’) and is connected to downtown via sidewalks. The Carolina Thread Trail starts in the downtown of Kings Mountain, runs through the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail parking lot, on to the entrance of the Rail Trail at the Gateway and then turns right onto the loop trail then right again onto the Foote trail that heads south to I-85 and on past to Galilee Church Road. The new section of trail on the south side of I-85 is great for biking, mostly flat and nearly finished. You can park at the trail entrance at the end of Industrial Drive just off of hwy. 161. Go south over I-85 and Industrial Drive is to the right.
The trail head provides several amenities: parking for 30 vehicles, restrooms, and a picnic shelter. The covered picnic shelter offers visitors the option to have gatherings for 25-30 people, with handicapped accessible tables. Additional picnic tables give users the chance to picnic under the pine trees when weather permits. A restroom facility, water fountain, and trash receptacles are provided for all users. Boulder art helps the trail head maintain the desired rustic feel that many community members felt imperative to maintain. Other amenities include a bike rack, map kiosk, and interpretive nature trail for children.
While in town, leave time for a great bite to eat or shopping at a local restaurant. Or, head over to the Southeastern Arts Society Gift Shop & Gallery.