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2 days ago

TL;DR: Great hike, amazing views.
This was a fantastic hike! As a previous reviewer noted, the entire loop trail is now open. On that note, it is awe-inspiring to see the damage done by powerful storms from last October, you can really see the trail of damage where trees have been snapped all over the place.
I started at the upper parking lot, and started the loop headed to the left, away from the summit. You quickly come up on the falls, and it is quite beautiful against a distant mountain backdrop. There are a lot of stairs in this area for a quick descent into the woods, and the trail follows a stream for a good bit. I took a detour in this area to go down the Lower and Middle Falls Trail (out and back) which was nice, but there are two stream crossings that require rock hopping to get across, and I did get my feet wet! Back on the Stone Mountain Loop Trail, I quickly reached the Hutchinson Homestead area, which has great views of Stone Mountain and its own little trail. Looked like there was an area for rock climbing at the base of Stone Mountain that could be accessed from the open field area here. From here, I decided to branch out and make an extra loop by taking the Cedar Rock and Wolf Rock Trails, and boy am I glad I did! Both Cedar Rock and Wolf Rock offer tremendous views of the surrounding mountains, and were high points on my trip. Wolf Rock trail rejoins Stone Mountain Loop trail and quickly descends back towards the lower parking lot area, before turning towards the summit. From there it was a fairly quick but strenuous hike up to the summit, with seemingly endless stairs and a few steep rock faces. But you are rewarded with an enormous area of bare rock with near 180 degree views of the mountains around you. It's a great place to sit or lie down on the rock, have a snack, and take it all in. Cedar Rock can be seen from here as well. It turned out this first area, though impressive, wasn't the actual summit. A short hike and some additional steps later, and I was at the actual summit, a similarly impressive setting. From there the trail slowly meanders back down, passing through a few more open rock areas with neat views.
Adding on the Falls, Cedar Rock, and Wolf Rock trails increased the loop length by about three miles, but it was definitely worth it. There were more mucky, muddy areas along this trail than most trails I've been on in State Parks, but not too bad. My only trouble was that I was recording the hike with the AllTrails app, and there was no service at all which seemed to effect the tracking accuracy of the recording.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful secluded short trail by the river! Lots of beautiful plants and interesting insects along the way!

The entire loop trail is open.

great hike with amazing views. did it for sunset and was not disappointed. it was a little chilly (around 26 degrees) and very windy but if you're prepared it shouldn't bother you. lots of camp sites along the trail, hoping to do it again as an overnight

The trails and views where great!!! Took about an 1.5 hrs to hike to the summit and back! There are 3 parts of the Stone Mountain loop trail that are still closed from the October storm! It was a bummer we didn't get to do the entire loop but all in all a great trip!

I loved this hike. We did it on a super foggy day which made it crazy creepy. Loved it

Stone Mtn Loop trail is under repairs. Storms damaged the wooden steps by the falls. You cannot hike this trail as a loop until the steps are repaired. The out-n-back hike between the Upper Lot and the summit is just as nice but the experience is not as enjoyable as when you can hike the whole loop around. There were no signs posted to warn hikers of the trail closure.

VERY cold day to be up there today! It was about 6 degrees with 40mph gusts at the top of Grassy Ridge. We started off in Carver's Gap when it was still snowing, but it cleared by the time we got to the top. The 2-3 foot drifts made it a slog, but we had the right gear to stay warm. It's hard to rate the difficulty of the hike due to the weather and trail conditions today, but I look forward to an overnight camping trip up there in nicer weather. One minor complaints is that the trail gets a bit narrow as it passes through the thick brush, and I hope it gets trimmed back before the busy seasons starts. It wasn't a big deal today, but people would get pretty scratched-up walking through there with exposed skin. All in all, a great hike!

Perhaps we missed it. But we could not find the lower falls. Just ended up on a horse trail.

My wife and I really enjoyed this Trail. We didn’t get to summit as we were first timers and didn’t know where the trail was closed. The main reason I’m writing this review is to let everyone know that the trail is still closed just above the the lower/middle trail head, where the long, wooden staircase is located. Next to the cascading falls. We had planned to take the long way around the loop and finish with the summit.

We enjoyed the lower half with the homestead as we chose to park at the lower lot and start off on the wolf rock trail.

2 months ago

Very easy but fun and great views!

Loved it, done it three or four times all seasons.

Fairly moderate hike but it’s absolutely spectacular. We started about an hour and a half before sunrise and got to the top to see one of the best views I’ve ever seen in my life. It was January when we went so it was brutally cold. And we were lucky to go on a less than normal windy day but you can tell this area gets blasted with wind. A ton of ice on the trails which wasn’t terrible to tackle but just slowed things down. If your looking for a western NC hike, this is it. Just dress appropriately. Enjoy!

GREAT HIKE.
Part of the trail is closed for storm clean up. It should be reopened soon. Open portion is Upper Parking Lot to the summit. Out and Back.
I would say that portion is Moderate and not Hard. It looks like there was an older route that was straight up the mt. That I can see why it was labeled as Hard/Strenuous. There is a new route that has switch backs to the top. Therefore the mileage may be off too.

Awesome. Defiantly can be strenuous for some. Me and a bro both young males hiked it with no issues yesterday. Windy and cold so dress appropriately. Trail also crosses a cool little homestead. Water fall and rock out cropping of stone mountain where great. Want to go back and hike wolf rock trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice moderate hike trough the forest with nice views of the river.

As other posters have mentioned, part of this loop is closed right now. We ended up doing a bit of this trail, then up and back to the top of the mountain. I believe we got there around 11:30 or so and clocked about 10 miles overall, departing around 3:30. The views at the top of the mountain are great and even on a Saturday, there weren't a ton of people out. I was looking forward to doing the stair portion of this loop, but again, that area was closed. Hopefully it will reopen soon!

Great views at the top and of a waterfall. A lot of uphill hiking, so wouldn’t recommend taking small dogs. Some of the trail is damaged right now, but not hard to work around, just wear good grip hiking boots.

Excellent views and beautiful rock face. Not difficult, just narrow at times.

We usually hike out to Stone Mountain, then head back rather than doing the full loop. The part of the loop below the mountain is meh. If you're headed to Stone Mountain, I'd recommend the Wolf Rock/Cedar Rock Loop instead, plus maybe an out-and-back to the top of Stone Mountain.

Nice group activity hike since the uphills aren’t bad and the views are as good as it gets (in the East)! There are plenty of great spots to stop and snack or take a picture.
While there are are a pretty good number of people on this trail in nice weather, they thin out the farther one gets from the parking lot.
One last thing and very important - this trail is very muddy (even in good weather).

Dad and I #OptOutside for Black Friday. It was a beautiful day on the trail. Muddy from frost/ice melt, but worth the views on the crisp clear day.

5 months ago

Nice hike steep at beginning levels off soon then downhill. Wet leaves made footing dicey on the up part. Level along the Davidson. Best views along the river. Glad we did this !

hiking
5 months ago

Terrific views. Worth hiking all the way to Grassy Ridge Bald for 360-degree views. This is a mountaintop trail but doesn’t have any steep drop offs or cliffs, so never feels treacherous. Trail is rocky; good shoes/boots recommended. I took my kids ages 9 & 10. Lots of hikers had dogs with them. Trail was fairly busy on a sunny day in Nov, so I can imagine it gets crowded in summer.

Pros: I hike for a view, and for that reason, this trail became an instantaneous favorite. The views are spectacular. Also, the drive from I-40 is fun - nice roads through a cute town and some pretty views along the way. Cons: I prefer a harder climb, so if you're looking for work, this probably isn't your trail. That being said, a hike is what you make of it, and it is the AT, so you have the option to continue for as many miles as you choose. There are a few short fun climbs. Also, this trail is extremely popular, and tends to be busy. However, it seems that many people only go to the first peak, fewer to the second, and hardly anyone all the way to the third. Overall, definitely worth a visit. Best option is to come on a clear day during the week.

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively easy hike with two main overlooks. We came here with heavy fog. Even though we couldn’t see the distant scenery, it was quite enjoyable. The bigger pinnacle has steep stones that make a stairway up to the top which may be a little more difficult. This can be bypassed if too much. Simple 1.6 mile loop hike that’s starts and finishes at the visitor center. Well worth it.

Great trail- views are stunning though the trail is currently only 90% open. So, you add a lot to the distance, but if you start at the lower parking lot, the distance added is downhill. (Which is still challenging!) Pretty waterfall view and the summit is really wonderful.

trail running
5 months ago

A good trail, lots of roots so watch out. The views were wonderful

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