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Kings Mountain Gateway Trail



5.2 mile 8.4 kilometer point to point
98% Runnable


Ascent: 277' 84 m
Descent: -349' -106 m
High: 990' 302 m
Low: 791' 241 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)


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Trail shared by Chris Coffee

A section of the Carolina Thread Trail that'll help you stretch your legs.

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There are no views, waterfalls, or much else that makes the trail exciting. Because of this, it may be a bit more tedious than even the other local, more technical runs. There is a road crossing at mile 1.2 and a rail road crossing at mile 1.5. The trail seems to be more suitable for biking. If you bring a dog, the gravel can be rough on their paws.


This is a multi-use trail of crushed stone, boardwalk and sidewalk that is open to runners and bikers and is ADA compliant. The trailhead provides several amenities: parking for 30 vehicles, restrooms, a picnic shelter, picnic tables, bathroom facilities and water fountains.

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 flat surface running and biking.

The trailhead and trail is clearly marked. The Carolina Thread Trail splits off twice—both to the right—from the Kings Mountain Gateway Trail loops. After the first half mile, the trail converts into a compacted gravel trail for the remaining 4.5 miles. From this point, you'll pass the open (but fenced off) mining pit, pine trees covered in kudzu vine and the backside of the local drive in theater. The entire trail is clearly marked and it will be difficult to stray. Just past the second mile, the trail begins to run parallel to I-85 before eventually crossing it via a private bridge at mile three. The trail is easier going as most of the travel is downhill. The return trip can be more laborious.

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Mar 9, 2019
Mike D
10mi — 1h 10m
Feb 24, 2019
Mike D
Trail (wide paved or packed gravel surface) is in excellent condition after tons of rain. Allows fast, mindless running but lacks excitement 10mi — 1h 28m

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