Stone Mountain Loop Trail

Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina 28609

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain1,375ft
Trailhead Elevation1,876ft
Top2,299ft
Elevation Min/Max1505/2299ft
Elevation Start/End1876/1876ft

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Wilkes County, North Carolina. It is within Stone Mountain State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 1,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,375 feet. Stone Mountain (elevation 2,297 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Connector Trail, Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail and Wolf Rock Trail.

Stone Mountain Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Stone Mountain State Park will leave you in awe! The 600-foot-tall granite dome is the highlight, but the park is also home to fabulous waterfalls, meadows filled with wildflowers, a campground, fishing, picnicking, and over 18.0 miles of trails for hiking and horseback.

The loop trail follows a delightfully active creek leading to the spectacular Stone Mountain Falls. You’ll then hike past the brink and up to the summit of Stone Mountain. The breathtaking views from here are unmatched."

"The star of this show is the big, bald face for which the park is named— Stone Mountain. The 600-foot granite dome is so conspicuously colossal, you just feel compelled to stare at it, want to photograph it, and, of course, feel drawn to hike up to its summit.

In addition to the immense beauty of Stone Mountain, the 14,400-acre park has trout streams and hiking trails, a campground and picnic area, and a long cultural history on display at the Hutchinson Homestead. Sitting right under the massive dome, the homestead has a self-guiding trail that passes by a historic log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, and other remnants of a nineteenth-century farm."

"Whipping out a cell phone in the wild is normally considered bad form. But sometimes you just can’t resist. Summiting Stone Mountain on a late spring evening and watching the sun enjoy its last hour or so on the job is one such occasion.

Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Escarpment, Stone Mountain State Park offers nearly fourteen thousand acres of room to romp. The park’s 17 miles of designated trout waters are popular with anglers and its 600 foot granite dome is a favorite with climbers. And the campground is one of the fastest to fill on summer weekends in the North Carolina parks system."

"Stone Mountain State Park is a more than 14,000-acre parcel that combines the park’s namesake summit below the Blue Ridge Parkway and a 370-acre satellite tract above the Parkway on Bullhead Mountain (a grandstand on the hawk migration).
Spectacular Stone Mountain is a light-gray granite dome that rises 600 feet above the surrounding forests.

A variety of similar domes are visible in the park, all part of a 25-square-mile pluton, a large blob of igneous rock formed underground. Park facilities expanded in 2006. Just past the park office (with its visitor center exhibits), the campground was greatly enlarged to ninety sites and modernized. It’s open year-round, has hot showers, and sites are reservable on the park’s website."

"The trail follows an old logging road that soon meets up with Widow’s Creek about a half-mile above the falls. (Don’t deceive yourself into thinking that if you simply follow the creek up from the falls you will find the trail; passage is nearly impossible thanks to a dense tangle of streamside rhododendron.)

For the next couple of miles, the trail alternates between snug passage along the creek under a canopy of oak and hickory and climbs through steeper portions of the ravine well above the creek. These higher passages often take you through towering hemlock and rhododendron."

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4/17/2010
Absolutely fantastic views from atop the mountain. Planning on spending the whole day in order to have time to relax and enjoy. The trick is to leave the marked trail every now and then to reach the cliff areas of the mountain.
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3/3/2010
This is a really great hike! It's a 4.3 mile loop with some incredible views from the summit and beautiful streams and mini waterfalls leading up to the upper falls. The old homestead is really cool, and you can sit and watch climbers on the weekends ascending the dome-shaped rock there right beside it. If you're feeling frisky, check out the side trail to middle and lower falls. Lower falls you may have to take off your shoes to cross the creek, but no biggie. Very cool, and usually nobody on that trail. Make sure you're in decent shape, there are 330 stairs leading up to the top of the falls towards the end. It'll make ya feel the burn for sure! Also, check out the Widow's Creek Falls right off the road down past the lower parking area. Very pretty. And if you go to Stone Mountain on a weekday, you'll see deer everywhere in the afternoons. I've never seen them on the weekends, maybe too many people around. They're so cool, so try and go on a weekday when there are less people if you wanna see em. Stone Mountain is just a total favorite of mine. I love this hike!
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8/8/2009
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.
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8/1/2009
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.
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9/13/2008
It was a great hike. I haven't been on this trail in years. Many new upgrades, several places you used to have to cross the creek on the trail they have now built bridges. The climb to the summit used to be pretty bad, but now there is steps almost all the way up. It is a great hike. Great Views. Would recommend it to any one.
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8/13/2007
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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Stone Mountain State Park, 3042 Frank Pkwy., Roaring Gap; (336) 9578185; www.ncparks.gov
Local Contacts
DeLorme: North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, page 15, C5
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