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Stone Mountain State Park
STONE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
STONE MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, North Carolina   28668

Phone: 336-957-8185
Reservations: 877-722-6762
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Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park
'Stone Mountain Falls'

Stone Mountain State Park

Lots of Deer

Stone Mountain State Park

On the face of the mountain

Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park
'Widow Falls'

Stone Mountain State Park
'View from Top'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Widow Falls'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'The Falls'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Cool Tree'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Creekside'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Young Deer'

This picture picture was taken 12-18-2009.as I was driving thru for my daily walk.The time was around 500 to 600 pm.

Stone Mountain State Park
'8 pointer'

This picture was taken just below the maintenance building in Stone Mountain park.

Stone Mountain State Park
'Stone Mountain'
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
'lost in time'
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mid 19th century farm land

Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Beauty in nature'
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perfect

Stone Mountain State Park
'breathtaking'
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just an amazing view

Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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'Oh My'
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wow

Stone Mountain State Park
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'refreshing'
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200 ft water fall.

Stone Mountain State Park
'relax'
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perfect for letting go

Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Cool Tree 2'
© Photo by Leslie R. Hanks

Stone Mountain State Park
'View from the Top'
© Photo by Leslie R. Hanks

Stone Mountain State Park
'View from the Top'
© Photo by Leslie R. Hanks

Stone Mountain State Park
'Creekside'
© Photo by Leslie R. Hanks

Stone Mountain State Park
'Stone Mtn'
© Photo by Leslie R. Hanks

Stone Mountain State Park
'Butterfly'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Widow Falls'
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Stone Mountain State Park
'Lower Stone Mountain Falls'

Stone Mountain State Park
'The Summit'

Reward for a hard hike

Stone Mountain State Park
'Stone Mountain Falls'

Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park

Stone Mountain State Park
© Image copyright Brandon Daryle, All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized copying or use is strictly prohibited.

Stone Mountain State Park
© Image copyright Brandon Daryle, All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized copying or use is strictly prohibited.

Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain's base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park.

Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 17 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with more than 16 miles of trails, take a hike in the park. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. More than 13,747 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds.

Park hours:

November-February, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

March and October, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

April, May, September, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

June-August, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Closed Christmas Day

Park office hours:

8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Closed state holidays
History of the Area
Located on more than 13,500 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain State Park offers cascading waterfalls and cool mountain streams, quiet forests abundant with wildlife, scenic hiking trails and a historic mountain homestead.

One of the park's most spectacular features is Stone Mountain, a 600-foot granite dome. This magnificent feature is part of a 25-square-mile pluton, an igneous rock formed beneath the earth's surface by molten lava. Over time, wind, water and other forces gradually eroded the softer layers of rock atop the granite block and exposed the outcrop we see today. Wet weather springs continually carve troughs in the granite as water runs down the mountain's sloping face.

Established in 1969 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands.

Long before becoming a state park, Stone Mountain was settled by families of English, German, Irish, French and Scotch-Irish descent who built the log homes, farms, mills, churches and schools needed for self-sufficient communities.
Camping
Family camping: Just past the park office, a turnoff leads to the family campground where campsites for tents and recreational vehicles are located on two loop roads. Each site has a tent pad, table and grill. Drinking water and a washhouse with hot showers and laundry tubs are located nearby. There are no utility hookups, but a dump station for use by registered RV campers is adjacent to the campground. The campground is open year round.

Select any unoccupied campsite. Park staff will issue a permit at the site. There is a $15 daily fee for camping and a six-person limit per campsite. All sites are available on a first-come basis. Park gates are locked daily at posted closing hours. Campers are not permitted to leave the park after closing or before 8 a.m., except in an emergency. In an emergency situation, go to the pay phone outside the park office where emergency procedures are posted.

Group camping: Four group sites are available for a fee by reservation only. Each site will accommodate 25 people. Each site has a fireplace, grill, tables, water and pit toilets.

Backcountry camping: Six backpack camping sites are located along Widow's Creek. The trailhead leading to the sites is located in the backcountry parking lot. Distance to the sites ranges from 1.5 to 3 miles from the trailhead. All supplies must be packed to the camping area, and minimum impact camping procedures should be followed. Backcountry camping is on a first-come basis by permit only with a maximum of four people per site. Register at the backcountry camping parking lot.
Nearby Accommodations
Oakley Ridge Farm - North Wilkesboro, NCCottages and Cabins
Perfectly situated atop of the Little Brushy Mountains sorrounded by vistas of lovely green pastures, the Great Escape is a retreat unlike many others. The peae and serenity is unlike no other and it gives you that chance to unwind and relax.
13 miles from park*
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Trails
Stone Mountain Loop Trail: This strenuous loop first leads hikers .75 miles to the summit of Stone Mountain then continues 1.25 miles to the top of Stone Mountain Falls. From the falls, the trail leads two miles to the meadow at the base of Stone Mountain and back to the trailhead.

Cedar Rock Trail: Available from both Stone Mountain Loop and Wolf Rock trails, this one-mile trail leads to Cedar Rock, a large granite outcrop allowing views to the south/southeast and an excellent view of Stone Mountain.

Wolf Rock Trail: This 1.5-mile trail is entered from Stone Mountain Loop Trail and provides views of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment. The ridges dividing three watersheds-Garden Creek, Widow's Creek and Bullhead Creek-can also be seen from atop Wolf Rock. Signs of old field succession are evident along the trail as it leads through areas which are predominantly pine, then mixed pine-hardwood and finally mature hardwood.

Black Jack Ridge Trail: Available from Cedar Rock and Wolf Rock trails, this 1.5-mile trail follows an old road bed through heavily wooded areas. In the winter, this strenuous hike offers wonderful views of Stone Mountain.

Self-Guided Nature Trail: Beginning at the base of Stone Mountain where the meadow and wooded area meet, this moderate half-mile trail is informative and enjoyable. It travels around the boulder area, across a creek and through a shady section thick with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Information about the park's geology and vegetation is provided along the trail.

Middle Falls/Lower Falls Trail: Available from Stone Mountain Loop Trail, this trail leads hikers a half mile along Big Sandy Creek to Middle Falls and then extends to Lower Falls.

Widow's Creek Trail: This trail is entered from the backcountry parking area. The trail follows Widow's Creek for 2.5 miles to the different backcountry sites and stops. To view Widow's Creek Falls, park just beyond the Widow's Creek bridge and walk a short distance upstream.

Bridle Trail: The five-mile horseback riding trail begins at the horse trailer parking lot and ends at John P. Frank Parkway. All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.

The terrain on the top of Stone Mountain may appear level, but it becomes gradually steeper down slope. Those who wander off the trail risk becoming stranded as the lower sections of the rock are almost vertical. Stay on designated trails and exercise caution as waterfalls and steep, rocky terrain may create hazardous and slippery conditions. Avoid steep, rocky ledges at all times, and exercise extreme caution when rocks are wet.
Nature Programs
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Stone Mountain State Park.

To arrange a special exploration of Stone Mountain State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Stone Mountain State Park have been developed for grades 5-8 and are correlated with North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Stone Mountain program introduces students to basic geologic concepts, focusing on Stone Mountain. Major concepts covered include the rock cycle, geologic time, weathering and erosion, igneous rocks, geologic processes, resource use, and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
Area Attractions
Rock climbingClimbing is permitted in designated areas on the cliffs of Stone Mountain. Because of the dangers of rock climbing and rappelling, climbing is not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by an experienced climber.

All climbers must register with the park by completing a climbing and rappelling registration and activity permit which is available at the park office. There is no fee for this permit. Prior to activity, a copy of the permit must be deposited in a registration box or given to a park ranger. An additional copy is provided for participants and must be held in their possession while engaged in climbing or rappelling.

Participants are responsible for their own personal safety, including securing proper training and equipment, and adhering to safe practices. Basic rock climbing safety equipment and techniques must be used at all time.

The following state park climbing regulations apply at all times:

*All climbers must register with the park staff and must keep in their possession a valid rock climbing and rappelling permit.

*NC state parks do not install or maintain any climbing route or fixed anchors. New routes are not permitted.

*Climbers climb at their own risk and are responsible for obtaining proper equipment and training. Unroped climbing is discouraged.

*Route selection and the decision to rely on any fixed anchors are the climber's responsibility.

*Climbing activities are permitted in designated areas only and must coincide with the park's posted hours of operation.

*All accidents and injuries must be reported to park staff.

Note: All climbers and rappellers must schedule their activity in order to leave the park by the posted closing hour.

Exhibits and historic sites:There's more to Stone Mountain than outdoor recreation! Drop by the park office or visit one of the historical sites to open your eyes to the natural and cultural history of the park.

Check out the park's old-time still, loom and other historical artifacts in the Mountain Culture Exhibit in the park office building. Other exhibits include animal pelts and a full-body black bear mount. These exhibits tell the story of how the independent mountain settlers provided shelter, food and clothing for their families. Other displays offer visitors the chance to learn about trout, butterflies and moths, and much more. The exhibits are open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily.

Walk through one of the park's historic sites, the Hutchinson Homestead. The homestead is complete with a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house and original furnishings. Visitors can play recordings that explain how different aspects of the farm were run. The farm was built in the mid-19th century. Restored in 1998, the homestead is representative of the lives of early settlers in the area. The homestead is open to visitors Thursday through Sunday, March through October. When the homestead is closed during the week and during winter, visitors can walk the homestead grounds.

Another park historic site is the Garden Creek Baptist Church, located on the bank of the East Prong of Roaring River. Established in 1897, the building is one of the few original churches in Wilkes County that has not undergone any major repairs or remodeling. The church holds services on Sundays, May through October. Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds during the week and during winter, when the church is closed.
Things To Do in the Area
Triple E Riding Stables - Glade Valley, NCHorseback Riding
Enjoy wooded trails, old farm fields, valley views along Bull Head Mountain, and southern hospitality. Whether you are an experienced cowboy or a little green, our skilled staff and gentle horses make for a pleasant visit. Also offering overnight camping trips with breakfast prepared the next morning. Call for reservations.
Web Site: 3estable.com/
12.6 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 22 The bear truth.
We arrived at our campsite and began to set things up. An hour later a black bear came out the woods by our campsite. It was a memorable trip.
January 14 Amazing place by Annette
Beautiful streams, waterfalls, deer. Camping area is very nice. Park staff friendly.
October 3 I loved it by Tyrece
it was fun
March 10 WATCH OUT FOR THE BEAVERS by JOE HUDDLESTON MARCH 10, 2011
I VISITED THE PARK A COUPLE WEEKS AGO WITH MY WIFE AND MOTHER-IN-LAW. WE HAD A VERY ENJOYABLE TIME. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PARK. MY WIFE SAW HER FIRST VIEW OF WHERE BEAVERS HAD CUT DOWN SMALL TREES INTO THE STREAMS. I WILL BE BACK SOON TO DO SOME HIKING. EVERYTHING IS VERY NATURAL.
August 18 My favorite State Park by Marnie
The most beautiful State Park I have ever stayed at! The campground facilities are wonderful! Clean bath houses and well maintained sites. Some of the most beautiful hiking trails around. I try to visit at least once a month!!
August 7 amazing by New Life NC
only about a hour from my home I loved the windy roads & hills.The wildlife was amazing! I felt like I was home in Pennsylvania!
July 19 just amazing by Bill
A friend of ours told us about Stone Mountain. So we decided to check it out. I have to tell you, it is 1 of the best places to hike. The views are breathtaking. We camped also, stayed in site 25, we had dear come right up to the site. 1 doe came within 5 feet of our campsite and she had twins. Great place.
June 16 My favorite state park by Barbara Tuck
One of the reasons is I was born in Traphill, about 10 miles from here, so I get to visit relatives. The park is very spacious and the nature is just about perfect! Tame deer, beautiful scenery, cold rivers and in the fall you can go to Mt Airy in just a little while to get fresh apples and mountain cabbage--yum, yum! I would highly recommend this park. A great price for the great accommodations!
April 10 FUN
We had a great time.Great place to take the grandchildren.The only problem we had is people driving way to fast through the campground.
January 5 FREE FUN (on a day trip)
My family of six picked a foggy misty morning to go. We still had a blast walking to the summit. When the rain got heavy we took our picnic to the shelters. LOVED IT. If I would have known about the fireplaces we could have built a fire. Great little place to go.
November 25 Great place to camp!!! by Lee Downey
We stayed there 1st time last month. The place is fantastic. Beautiful. Best lots are 44-49. Huge lots. Nice paved, level with huge personal areas. Lots are 3x what normal crampgrounds offer. Stone Mt. main trails are less than a mile away. Very worth the money.
July 13 Wonderful experience!
This was a wonderful place to camp! My family and I enjoyed our stay. The staff was wonderful and keep the campground very clean.
June 16 The Best N.C. State Park by DWMC
Just experienced 4 wonderful days in camp site #52. The beauty and closeness to nature was most relaxing.
June 3 Love this park! by Michelle
I love this park! it is quiet, beautiful, and fun. Another reason that I love this park is because my family used to own 400 acres at the foot of the mountain, and the Hutchison Homestead. MY grandfather lived in a house that was across from the log cabin, but they tore that house down. His grandparents lived in the log cabin, and it was built by my great great great grandfather.
March 5 GREAT CAMPING by REBECCA KINYOUN
THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO CAMP AND YET VERY PRIVATE. IT IS QUITE,CLEAN,SECURITY DRIVES AROUND QIUTE OFTEN AND WE FEEL VERY SAFE THERE. THE DEERS WE LOVE AND THE NATURE IS BREATHLESS. WE ONLY GO CAMPING AT STONE MT
July 1 I go here every summer!
great place to go for a nice relaxing summer vacation.
June 13 One of the best hiking parks in NC by Tim
Spectacular scenery. The rock donme is fantatstic. Camping availability can be trouble on the week-ends. Can be busy too. Great place for a day trip.
June 6 amazing!
This place was amazing! The deer were almost tame enough to touch! I loved every minute of our trip there!


Area Fishing Related Businesses

High Country Fly Shop
8358 Austin Traphill Rd
Elkin, NC
(336) 957-5055


Area Cabins and Lodges
Old Traphill Mill Inn & Resort The
452 Traphill Mill Rd
Traphill, NC
(336) 957-3713


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Bounds Properties - Sherrills Ford, NCCottages and Cabins
3.5 acres with over 200 feet of waterfront, Tuscan style Brand new home. 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, Screen porch overlooking Lake, Deep Water with dock, Plenty of Parking. Paddle Boat included. Linens Included.
Web Site: vrbo.com/454862
56.6 miles from park*
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Stone Mountain State Park is located in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, seven miles southwest of Roaring Gap. From I-77, turn west onto US 21. Veer left onto Traphill Road (SR 1002), and follow it to the John P. Frank Parkway. Turn right and follow the parkway to the park. From the west, take NC 18 north and turn right onto Traphill Road (SR 1002). Follow the road to the John P. Frank Parkway and turn left, following the parkway to the park.

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