Stone Mountain Trail

Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219

Stone Mountain Trail

Stone Mountain Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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."

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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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Trail Information

Big Stone Gap
Nearby City
12.5-14.5 miles
Trail Type
Dirt footpaths and dirt forest roads
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
7 hours to Overnight
Open year-round. Hunting is permitted on national forestland. Deer-hunting season in Wise and Lee Counties runs Oct through Jan.
Hunting, Camping
Additional Use
Clinch Ranger District, Norton, (276) 679-8370,
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 19, B7
Local Maps

Trail Log