Quick Answer: Kings Mountain North Carolina is filled with many great physical and healthy activities to enjoy with your family, friends, and co-workers. Read more to see our five favorite things to do in Kings Mountain.
February is American Heart Health Month and with the current Covid crisis there has never been a better time to focus on your physical well-being. The statistics are staggering when it comes to heart disease. Nearly 659,000 people in the United States die from heart disease each year—that’s 1 in every 4 deaths according to the CDC. Heart disease costs the United States over $363 billion each year. This includes the cost of health care services, medicines, and lost productivity due to death.
Common causes of heart disease include,
There are no magic pills you can take to avoid heart disease. Believe it or not, if you simply apply a few healthy habits to your routine, you can dramatically lower your risk of heart disease. Simple habits like eating healthy foods and exercising daily can not only improve your heart health, but also improve your overall happiness and wellbeing.
At STI, we understand the importance of a healthy work/life balance. That’s why we want to highlight some healthy benefits of living and working at STI Fabrics in King’s Mountain, North Carolina. So, let's get to it!
1) Boulder Access at Crowders Mountain State Park
Only a 10 minute drive from STI Fabrics, our employees are able to quickly access one of the most underrated state parks this side of the Mississippi River- Crowders Mountain State Park. From your casual hikers to your serious climbers, Crowders has a little bit of everything for any level outdoor enthusiast.
After a long day of work, there’s no healthier way to unwind than to hit the trail for a run/hike or a climb. Not only are you rewarded with all of those healthy endorphins from the exercise, the views aren’t so bad either. On a clear day, you can see the Charlotte skyline and even all the way to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Trust us, you’ll be happy just knowing you’re not one of the poor folks sitting in that Charlotte 5 o’clock traffic.
2) Kings Mountain YMCA
“It’s fun to stay at the YMCA.”
It’s also fun to work out at the Y! Our very own fabric designer Glen Read has a membership to the Kings Mountain YMCA. When he’s not using his home gym or working out at “The Office” in Lake Wylie where he lives, he enjoys lifting free weights at the King’s Mountain YMCA.
“It’s nice to have a gym so close to work. If I missed my morning workout and want to hit the gym on my lunch break or after work, the Y is always there- it’s also nice that STI employees receive 10% off their membership.”
That’s right, STI employees receive 10% off their membership. To find out more information about The Kings Mountain Family YMCA simply visit the link in the above paragraph.
3) Kings Mountain Gateway Trail
Another beautiful running and walking trail is the historic Kings Mountain Gateway Trail. The mostly flat, crushed gravel trail begins in a nice wooded area and winds along the edge of a mica mine and a drive-in theater. 10 miles in total length, Runners, walkers and cyclists enjoy a mixture of wildlife including birds of prey and beaver dams along the creek.
“The Gateway Trail is a great place to run” according to STI’s very own Bobbie Morrow. Bobbie and co-worker Stacey Bolin are known to run several 5k’s every year and they use the Gateway trail for training purposes. They even ran an STI sponsored Warrior Dash with several other STI co-workers.
Pictured: STI Chaplain Tim Cochran, Accountant Stacey Bolin, and IT Bobbie Daggerhart
For more information about the trail’s access points, reviews and pictures of the trail, visit the All Trails link below!
4) Pinnacle Trail Hike
The Gateway Trail is nice, but for those runners and hikers seeking more elevation, the trail to the top of King’s Pinnacle will make you feel the burn. One of two peaks on Crowders, the Pinnacle Trail climbs up to 1,706 feet and is one of the best views of the Carolinas. On one side, you can see the entire Charlotte skyline and on a clear day you can even see the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina- One of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
This trail can be busy on the weekends but quiet on weekdays before or after work. Pinnacle Trail is a 4.2 mile out and back trail located near Kings Mountain, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Hiking this trail is one of the best ways to unwind, destress, and decompress after a long day. For more info about the Pinnacle Trail and other trail systems in Crowders Mountain State Park, simply visit the link below.
5) Disc Golf at East Gold Street Wesleyan Church
Within walking distance from STI is East Gold Street Wesleyan Church. Pastor Scott Whitney has served the East Gold Street Wesleyan Church congregation, since July 2011. After graduating from high school in Birch Run, Michigan he moved to Central, South Carolina to pursue his Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion at Southern Wesleyan University.
It’s clear that Pastor Scott understands the importance of having an active spirit and treating the body like the temple it is with the amount of activities his church offers. One of them being FREE disc golf open to the general public and the Kings Mountain Community. There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors and get your steps in than a beautiful disc golf course located in the heart of Kings Mountain. Furthermore, Pastor Scott just opened his basketball courts up to the YMCA for use as well. For more info about Pastor Scott and the wonderful things his congregation is doing for the community please visit:
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