Stone Mountain State Park

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Stone Mountain State Park

North Carolina

(336) 957-8185

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Overview

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 20 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 14,100 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds.

Map of Stone Mountain (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.397350, -81.068373

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Activities

  • Boating

    Contact the area for more information.

  • Camping

    Just past the park office, a turnoff leads to the family campground where 88 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles are located on two loop roads. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring / grill. Drinking water and a washhouse with hot showers is located nearby. There is a six-person limit per campsite. The campground is open year round.

    Four group sites are available for a fee by reservation only. Each site will accommodate 25 people. Each site has a fire ring, grill, 2 picnic tables, water and pit toilets.

    The trailhead leading to six backpack camp sites is located in the backpack 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. Backpack camping is by permit only with a maximum of six people per site. Self register at the backpack camping parking lot.

  • Climbing

    Climbing 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 permit which is available at the climber's area at the base of the mountain. 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.

  • Fishing

    More than 20 miles of park streams are designated trout waters. Rainbow and brown trout dominate the lower parts of the streams while brook trout inhabit the higher, cooler stretches of water. Garden, Widow's and Big Sandy creeks are Wild Trout Waters where only single hook artificial lures may be used.

    Fish just for fun on Bullhead and Rich Mountain creeks. This section is strictly catch and release and is open for fishing year round from 8:30 a.m. until one hour before park closing. A special fishing permit is required for this area and may be purchased at the Bullhead Creek parking area.

  • Hiking

    Several trails are available to hikers, ranging from moderate to strenuous in difficulty and .75 miles to 6 miles in length. Most of these trails can be accessed from the Stone Mountain Loop Trail, which begins at the Upper Trailhead parking lot ( # 12 on map) directly across from the campground road. This 4.5 mile strenuous trail takes you across the summit of Stone Mountain then by the Hutchinson Homestead and a 200 foot waterfall. Hikers can choose to go out to the waterfall or the summit and back without having to do the entire loop. This trail can also be accessed from the Lower Trailhead parking lot (#10 on map) but remember which parking lot you started from.

  • Historic Sites

    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. The homestead is open to visitors on weekends, March through October. When the homestead is closed during the week and during winter, visitors can walk the homestead grounds.

  • Horseback Riding

    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.

  • Picnicking

    The picnic area is located near the visitor center and offers a peaceful woodland experience. Included in this area are 75 individual picnic sites and three large picnic shelters. The picnic area offers tables, grills, a water fountain and restrooms. The shelters may be reserved for a fee. Available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, if not reserved. A short trail connects to the main loop trail to provide access to a waterfall and Stone Mountain's summit.

  • RVing

    Electric and water hookups are located on some sites and a dump station for use by registered RV campers is adjacent to the campground.

Directions

Driving

Stone Mountain State Park is located in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, seven miles southwest of Roaring Gap. From I-77 North, take Exit #83/Hwy 21 North/Sparta/Roaring Gap (you will exit from the left lane). Go north about 13 miles to Traphill Road/ State Road 1002, (you will see a brown state park sign) and turn left. Go about 4 miles to John P Frank Parkway (you will see a brown state park sign) and turn right. Follow the parkway to the park.

From the west, take NC 16 to NC 18 in North Wilkesboro and then turn right onto Hwy 268 East. Go about 3 miles and turn left at Airport Road. Go about 6 miles to Traphill Rd (SR 1002) and turn left. Follow the road to the John P. Frank Parkway about 12 miles and turn left, following the parkway to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(336) 957-8185

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