Stone Mountain Trail

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

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The 12.5-mile Stone Mountain Trail begins with the long climb from Cave Springs. The tall cliffs and boulders that crop out from the mountain slope make for a dramatic introduction to the ridge, and soon give way to whopping views off Stone Mountain’s ridgetop. From the last of these overlooks, High Butte, it’s possible to see the bumpy profile of Kentucky’s Black Mountains to the west, while eastward run Virginia’s narrow ridges and valleys. The final leg of the Stone Mountain Trail down Roaring Run is tailor-made for people who save the best for last. The stream cascades through small gorges beneath hemlock and rhododendron.
Hiking Virginia

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Hiking Virginia

by Bill and Mary Burnham (Falcon Guides)

The 12.5-mile Stone Mountain Trail begins with the long climb from Cave Springs. The tall cliffs and boulders that crop out from the mountain slope make for a dramatic introduction to the ridge, and soon give way to whopping views off Stone
Mountain’s ridgetop.

From the last of these overlooks, High Butte, it’s possible to see the bumpy profile of Kentucky’s Black Mountains to the west, while eastward run Virginia’s narrow ridges and valleys. The final leg of the Stone Mountain Trail down Roaring Run is tailor-made for people who save the best for last. The stream cascades through small gorges beneath hemlock and rhododendron.

© 2013 Bill and Mary Burnham/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Big Stone Gap
Distance: 12.5-14.5 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 7 hours to Overnight
Season: Year round; deer hunting season from October to January
Additional Use: Hunting
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Clinch Ranger District, Wise (276) 328-2931 www.fs.usda.gov/gwj
Local Maps: USGS Keokee, Big Stone Gap, Appalachia
Driving Directions: Directions to Stone Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/3/2009
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Trail was very well marked. Followed the yellow blaze all the way through from Cave Springs to Appalachia. Traveled by 21 piles of bear scat along the way, saw no bear though! The trail needs a little maintainance as there were several downed trees that completeley blocked the trail. Hiking wasn't meant to be too easy anyway. With that said, I greatly enjoyed the trail. I would definitely rate it as a difficult hike though, tough terrain, 3 or 4 very steep climbs, and several creek crossings.



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