Stone Mountain State Park

If the forest moon of Endor has a twin on this side of the galaxy, it may well be the outback of North Carolina's Stone Mountain State Park. Tall, lush, and moist, you'll find enchantment among the silver firs, banks of waving ferns, and mountainsides bursting with rhododendron and blue bells.

Stone Mountain State Park
GPS:
36.3873 -81.0273
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State Parks

Located off the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Sparta, NC, Stone Mountain State Park is named for the magnificent 600-foot granite dome (elevation 2306 ft). This designated National Natural Landmark hosts more than 18 miles of hiking and bridle trails, permitted rock-climbing, wild trout streams, spectacular waterfall, and a restored mid-19th century mountain farm, Hutchison Homestead.

The world is charged with the grandeur of God ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Campground: Hike-in or Car Camp

Two options for camping at Stone Mountain State Park are the family campground or hike-in campsites. Before you venture too far along in your planning, consider scheduling  a one-or two-day primitive expedition into the more remote regions that the park shares with the groomed campsites.

For the primitive leg, the approach begins at the designated backpacking parking area. Register and pay for your party at the honor box. The hike starts with the most challenging part of the assent – about 600ft of moderately steep terrain – before the trail levels out and follows Widow's Creek most of the way to your base camp. Of the remote camps that are located between 1.5 and 3 miles from the trail head, we found sites F and C to be the most favorable, but all six are lovely in their own right.

amazing close up image of the Eastern red-spotted newt salamander in the palm of a young girl in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
photo of mother and four daughters hiking through a rhododentrons' trail with sunlight gleaming in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Photo of evergreen southern ground cedar or fan clubmoss, a lycopod, at Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Image of two girls sitting by their campfire with two REI tents, one orange and one green, in the background of Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Image of four girls on a mossy stream bank wth rhododendrons in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Photograph of three girls looking at the granite Stone Mountain and the restored 19th century farm, Hutchison Homestead, in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina

Plan on a leisurely hike to study the abundant plant and animal life. If the weather is favorable, bring water shoes and swimsuits for water play in the streams and creeks, but do be wary of the occasional copperhead or cottonmouth. To access camps E & F, you'll have to traverse Widow's Creek twice.

Trailheads:

  • Black Jack Ridge: 3mi RT - moderate
  • Bridle Loop: 2mi loop - moderate
  • Bridle Out-and-Back: 8mi RT - moderate
  • Cedar Rock: 2mi RT - moderate
  • Middle Falls/Lower Falls: 1 mi - moderate
  • Mountains-to-Sea: 12mi RT - strenuous
  • Stone Mountain Loop: 9mi - strenuous
  • Widow’s Creek: 5mi - strenuous
  • Wolf Rock: 3mi - moderate

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Elevation
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2306
Check-in/out
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4:00p / 3:00p
Cost/Night*
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$15
Showers
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Hot
Restroom
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Flush
Max People / Vehicles
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6 / 2
Visitors Center
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Yes
Camp Hosts
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Yes
Best Site
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# Sites
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90
Open Year Round
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Yes
Laundry
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No
*Tent campsites only; accurate at time of publication
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap
NC
28668
Contact:
stone.mountain@ncparks.gov
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336 957 8185
Loop A & C tents; loop B for RV. Also available by permit only are six backpack camping sites along Widow’s Creek - distance to sites range from 1.5 to 3 miles from trailhead. (Primitive Campsites E & F currently closed due to storm damage). Firewood available to purchase.
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