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.
dogs on leash
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.
Stone mountain was well worth the view. My recommendation to get the most out of this trail would be to park in the lower trailhead parking lot and take the stone mountain summit and make sure you do the wolf rock and cedar rock trails that connect with it. You'll get another amazing view as well as a great view of stone mountain. You'll get to walk to the homestead. You can loop right back to your car after that. Be aware that the stone mountain trail will require a lot of man-made steps, but it's less populated. It could be based on the time of year, but the lower falls seemed like a tiny trickle of water and the stone mountain falls are not with the 400+ steps to view. The trails were all well marked and well groomed.
Well..that was an experience! #1 I am directionally challenged and get lost easily lol..So after reading the reviews on here, I figured this to be an easy hike, Wrong! I went down by the falls and around to the base of mountain, not sure where to go from there, so I went straight to mountain where the sign was, figured I'd just start climbing! Half hour later, exhausted..no where to go, So went back to trail and thought the way up with the 3 other trails would take me around to top. No. 1 mile later, just turned back and went Allll the way back to the falls and up the million stairs and just took the opposite way to the summit, and I was determined to get to the top! Exhausted is an understatement! I'm in good shape and hike weekly, but by my mistakes I added work!..on the bright side, the views were amazing, waterfall was cool, but kind of dried up..it's a good hike for a work out
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!
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.
One of my fav spots in NC
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!
Very beautiful park
Be prepared to walk some stairs. The view is wonderful at the top, but those stairs were my enemy. Just my two cents.
A nice time with great views.
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.
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.
the stairs go on forever
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!