Wolf Rock Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Traphill, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Not to be confused with the Wolf Rock Loop Trail at Hanging Rock State Park, this 1.5-mile trail is accessed from the 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. Reference: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/activities.php
We hiked the Stone Mt Loop today beginning at the upper parking lot, starting counter clockwise. After reaching the summit and continuing down to the other side of the trail we decided to add the Wolf Rock trail just before reaching the lower parking lot, connect to the Cedar Rock and back to the Loop before heading back to our car. The Wolf Rock was a continuous but gradual incline, steeper closer to the top. The top of the hill leveled out for a pleasant, shady walk to the rock face. Afterwards, we jcontinued on down this trail about a half mile until we reached the trail marker that pointed left for the Cedar Rock or straight for the Black Jack trail. We turned left for a short distance to Cedar Rock, another large rock face that faces Stone Mt. We continued on that trail about a half mile until we turned left at the Black Jack trail which led back to the Loop trail. All of this added about 2.5 miles and 1.5 hours to our hike, but it was a beautiful day, and we had the time.
Never having been on any of these trails, we enjoyed them but found the 300+ stair steps at the end of the loop trail brutal.
in the 90s i went
Much less traffic than the Stone Mountain Loop Trail, this trail is a steady climb to a huge exposed rock face with views to the west; I suspect would have great sunset views. Was windy yet refreshing after the short climb through the hardwood forest; from the top you can take the short connector to the Cedar Rock trail - seems to be a couple of options to get to the same spot. Recommend these two short side trails when visiting Stone Mountain for different views of the mountain to the northeast and valley westward.
I much preferred this trail to Hanging Rock Trail. It has similar views, but many less people.