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Took the walk today after a huge rain (what's new in NC?) last night. It was wet but passable with good shoes. I saw plenty of people give it up and go for the greenway but there were others that made it through. It was frigid cold wind today and I could hear limbs snapping in the trees, but I made it through safe and sound.

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blowdown
muddy
6 days ago

Had a great photo hike with my wife. The trail was clear but had much debris from recent storms in the form of downed trees. The paths were clear though.

One of my favorite trails. Very good workout, great views and you're alongside the creek half of the time! Just note that it is a LOT harder going one way than the other, as on one side of Stone Mountain the ascent is very steep with a lot of stairs and on the other it is more gradual. Once you reach the split, if you go left it takes you by the waterfall first but then you've got the stairs up the side of Stone Mountain. Going right is the easier ascent up Stone Mountain and the waterfall will be at the end.

This is a nice trail with some decent views. It’s good for a day hike if you live nearby. Lots of people, though and not enough parking for the amount of people. Trails are well marked- you definitely won’t get lost.

easy 5k if run straight to parking lot and trail is marked well for running ... little soggy but that's mother nature

Crowded, unable to run but amazing views.

I hiked this trail yesterday morning. I started down at the lower parking lot trailhead and did the entire loop. It was an amazing experience. The views at the summit and the waterfalls was awesome. I saw an abundance of wildlife as well. Great trail!

Hiked this loop with my 2 children about 2 months ago. It was challenging at parts but mainly fun! We started off to the right. Will go then opposite way next time for more of a challenge. The waterfall, views and well marked routes were perfect!

hiking
24 days ago

A nice short out and back hike to a waterfall and a cave with some history of a Revolutionary period skirmish between the Torys and Patriots that resulted in fatalities. At the time of this post the falls are fantastic due to a recent rain. The waterfall is more of a trickle during the dry season but the cave known as Torys Den is worth the hike especially if you are into history.

Great hike that has it all! Great views from the top with lots of places to stop off the trail and take it all in! I did find parking at the east parking lot and going to the summit is the way to do this hike! Coming from the other direction to the top, you'll be climbing many narrow steps, much easier going down those narrow steps in my opinion. Seen plenty of people with children and dogs so I do believe it's a hike for the entire family.

We stayed at the park's campground, beautiful, clean and a return visit for sure. This time of the year and during the week made it extra special, only two other camper's in the campground.
Hiked both ways on the loop, it was an outstanding experience.

this was a great all day hike with family!

The trail is decent. there are always many people on this trail as this is the most popular trail in this SP. the view from the top is nice.

this trail has everything to offer... hills, stairs, waterfalls, scenery. rates second to Yosemite only.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail that does not have too much elevation gain. On the hike up, you will be treated to a good view of Stone Mountain. Towards the end to Wolf Rock, the trail evens out. The views from Wolf Rock are great especially in Autumn. On the hike back down, venture on to Cedar Rock Trail for a great view of Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock and the Blue Ridge Mountains before you come to to the Hutchinson homestead at the base of Stone Mountain.

I hiked with my dog the mountain trail to Grindstone to ledge ridge, then to the summit. The total mileage was a little over 10 miles. I agree with other reviewers, the trail rating is hard is because of the total mileage. I had a great hike during the week, encountering very few hikers. I’ll be back.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this one after I completed the Stone Mtn Loop. Nice view of the Blue Ridge at the top. Probably my favorite view in the park.

Easily, one of my favorite hikes. Started at the Lower Trailhead. A lot of steps and rock faces to hike up, a lot of overlooks, and a 200 foot waterfall. Covered about 9 miles.

This was my favorite hike I've ever done! Highly recommend. Definitely start with the summit.

My gps said I did 6.5 miles for this loop. It was strenuous. Uphill both ways. Lots of steps. Took me and my pup about 4 and a half hours. Stopped at top of rock for snack and rest. It was a really nice hike though.

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this trail along with the Black Jack Ridge, Cedar Rock, & Stone Mountain Loop trails to make an 8.6 mile loop. This trail is also one of the less traveled which is a nice break away from the people pollution that tend to frequent the Stone Mountain Loop Trail.

some amazing views. and one amazing waterfall. bucket list this one. you'll thank me

I hiked this today and I was very happy with the trip. It takes a leisurely couple hours and expect some 60% gradients and a lot of stairs. Well worth it though!

Beautiful hike. Took approximately 3-4 hours for novice hiker.

Beautiful views.

walking
2 months ago

Moderate hike with phenomenal views! Took our time exploring and was done within 4 hours.

A bit crowded, but otherwise perfect. Challenging and beautiful.

Great hike with a little bit of everything!!

Incredible trails, well marked, wide trails. There are steps on each end of the loop, so pick your poison. Saw wildlife ,views and the waterfall was spectacular.

One of the beautiful places to see the fall colors. It was an easy hike and pet friendly. Usually takes 2-3 hrs from car to car.

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