Hiking North Carolina
by Randy Johnson (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Randy Johnson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This was our first trip to Stone Mountain. My husband and I have been hiking for a while now and have just recently gotten our hiking gear,ie (backpacks, shoes and trekking poles) that we have needed. We are in training for next fall because we're planning on walking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. Lord willing. Stone Mountain was a great hike. They have done improvements so it was much easier to keep on the trail and find your way around. The scenery was spectacular on the day we were there, from the top of the mountain to the rock waterfalls. BREATHTAKING is the best word I can use to describe it. We can't wait to go back.
My wife and two boys on the spur of the moment decided a weeknend getaway was necessary and Stone Mountain was everything guide book said it was and more.
We hiked the approximately 4 miles out and back for the water-fall trails. Except for the large gathering of people around Stone Mountain falls at mid-day the trail was virtually empty with us seeing only 4 others.
Quiet stroll, lunch and snack along the way. Found numerous variety of mushrooms growing along the moist areas near the streams.
Watch out for the return trip up numerous steps (hardest part of trekk).
Also camping facilities were excellent.
Please understand the my wife and I are "newbies" to day hikes and we as of this moment do not have much hiking gear other than boots. (This will change in the near future).We are also not in great physical shape and are in our mid 50's.
Stone Mountain...Wow what a hike. It was absolutely beautiful and for us incredably challenging (physically). From the trail head up to the summit (.75 miles) of Stone Mountain the climb was tough and pretty steep especially when the trail ended and you started your final ascent up the rock. Once we reached the top the view was just beautiful. We decided to complete the loop trail rather than hike back down the way we came. The trail up to the summit was well marked but the descent was poorly marked. We were glad we had the map that the visitors center gave us! As you descend you eventually come to a beautifull waterfall and stream (full of trout) that the trail follows almost back the the trail head. It took us about 4 hours to hike up and over (total of 4.5 miles) but we stopped numerous times to catch our breath and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This trail was not a "public highway" of hikers either which made it very nice. We saw a tremendous amount of deer while on the trail and in the State Park. I would have given this a 5 star if the trail had been better marked. When the weather cools and Fall color starts this will be a place I will return to.
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