EveryTrail is now a part of AllTrails! Please click here to read more.

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

HARD 41 reviews
#2 of 8 trails in

Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Roaring Gap, NC that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.7 miles 833 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Hike around the granite dome at Stone Mountain State Park south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A granite bulge forms the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park. Stone Mountain Loop takes you to the top of the bulge, past a scenic waterfall and through the restored homestead of a family that lived in the shadow of Stone Mountain for four generations. The park also provides an excellent side trip for travelers along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Two trailheads at Stone Mountain State Park lead to the loop. While the Lower Trailhead in the park's northeast corner gets you to the base of the mountain more quickly, the far better hiking route is from the Upper Trailhead on the west side of the park. From there, you hike a short spur to reach the loop trail, hang a left, walk down past Stone Mountain Falls and then continue till the massive wall of granite starts to fill the background behind the thinning tree.. Slack-jawed wonder is a perfectly natural response to seeing Stone Mountain for the first time. Once you get your wits about you again, you can explore the Hutchinson family's homestead, occupied for a century from 1855 to 1955. Then it's a steep slog to the summit - a vast, sloping field of granite striped black by one rainstorm after another. Finally, it's all downhill to get back where you came from.


11 days ago

hiking


12 days ago


21 days ago

Great hike with such wonderful variety. Forest, open space, creek side, waterfalls, homestead side trip all topped with an breathtaking summit. Hard for sure but worth it. Take your time...and water and a snack!


24 days ago


1 month ago

hiking

The trail is intense, however totally worth it. Amazing views and photo opportunities. Hike up is strenuous so make sure you bring plenty of water. Overall, great hike with breathtaking views.


1 month ago

hiking


1 month ago

hiking

One of my fav spots in NC


1 month ago

Beautiful view from the top and the waterfall is pretty cool too. Like many, even I didn't enjoy those stairs. May be knee cap pad would help!


1 month ago

Very beautiful park


2 months ago

hiking

Be prepared to walk some stairs. The view is wonderful at the top, but those stairs were my enemy. Just my two cents.


2 months ago

hiking

A nice time with great views.


2 months ago

hiking

I went on Memorial Day so it was quite a busy spot. It is ranked as strenuous-it did have some elevation gain but no technical work. At the fork I took the trail to the right heading away from the falls towards the summit. The trail is wide and clear with quite a few switchbacks once you begin to gain elevation. The summit is gorgeous and was far less busy than what I anticipated given the activity on the trail. There are multiple spots to stop and take in the view before you get to the summit which was a bonus. Coming back down the loop there are stairs... Lots of em! The falls were packed- lots of kids and dogs swimming and running around. To get back to the lot there are more stairs- a lot of em! Overall beautiful area worth the trip.


2 months ago

hiking

very nice and well maintained trail. I enjoyed seeing the homestead site and reading the history. the falls were beautiful. Great views from the top also.


2 months ago

hiking


3 months ago

hiking


3 months ago

the stairs go on forever


3 months ago

hiking

Rented a cabin near here for our anniversary and spent the day hiking. The face of the mountain is truly beautiful. Took mostly all day with lots of stops at the overlooks. Strenuous, but worth the views and scenery!


4 months ago

hiking

First time and loved it! Great views and rather easy hike until you hit steps to reach peak. Not a lot of traffic and allowed for a good pace.


4 months ago

hiking

Did this hike in January when there was snow on the ground - made for an adventure, but meant we didn't see a lot of people. Waterfall is beautiful. Trail is well maintained and has lots to see. Plenty of steps going down and up, hence the strenuous tag. The face mountain itself is a sight to see in person - incredible. Looking forward to coming back in the summer for a hike/picnic!


4 months ago

hiking

Beautiful!