Don’t Release Your Unwanted Iguanas at Crowders Mtn. State Park

Instead, enjoy Shorts Lake... while you can.

Chances are you’ve┬áhiked at Crowders Mountain State Park on one occasion or someone in your Instagram feed has. And who could blame them? At only a 30-minute drive from Charlotte, it’s a great place to get back to nature and see the Charlotte skyline from a cool angle (aka far away).

But did you know there’s a lake at the park? If you ask Park Ranger Kelly Cooke, he’ll tell you it’s more like a pond. And does that area have a history.