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    M C added Gorges State Park

    2 days ago

    M C added Track - Jul 26 01:34 PM

    22 days ago

    M C saved Waterrock Knob Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C saved Lookout Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C saved Babel Tower Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C saved Hibriten Mountain

    about 1 month ago

    M C saved Hollow Rock Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C saved Beacon Heights Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C completed Black Mountain Crest Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C completed Mount Mitchell Summit Trail

    about 1 month ago

    M C added Mount Mitchell

    about 1 month ago

    M C added Mount Craig

    about 1 month ago

    M C reviewed Elk Knob Summit Trail

    2 months ago

    This is, hands down, the most beautiful trail I have ever been on start to finish. The trail is well maintained, but more importantly the forest surrounding you all the way up is just breathtaking. After the .5 mike mark, the trees are smaller and there is a lot of bright green undergrowth, creating a “fairy tale forest” vibe. Unfortunately I hit the trail early and the fog was too dense to get any great views at the top, but it was awesome to sit in the silence and watch/feel the clouds move over you. Highly recommend.

    M C completed Rough Ridge

    2 months ago

    M C added Rough Ridge Overlook

    2 months ago

    M C completed Elk Knob Summit Trail

    2 months ago

    M C added Elk Knob State Park

    2 months ago

    M C updated Mountain Ridge

    2 months ago

    M C updated Mount Jefferson

    2 months ago

    M C added Mount Jefferson

    2 months ago

    M C added Track - May 23 12:25 PM

    3 months ago

    M C added Jetton Park

    3 months ago

    M C added Track - May 17 03:25 PM

    3 months ago

    M C added Track - May 10 11:31 AM

    3 months ago

    M C completed Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail

    3 months ago

    M C added Lake James State Park

    3 months ago

    M C updated Lake James State Park

    3 months ago

    M C added Track - Apr 30 02:33 PM

    4 months ago

    M C saved Jomeokee Trail

    4 months ago

    M C added Pilot Mountain State Park

    4 months ago

    M C reviewed Stone Mountain Loop Trail

    4 months 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.

    M C completed Stone Mountain Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    M C added Stone Mountain

    4 months ago

    M C updated Norland Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    M C updated Evergreen Nature Preserve Loop

    4 months ago

    M C updated Evergreen Nature Preserve Loop

    4 months ago

    M C updated Evergreen Nature Preserve Loop

    4 months ago

    M C updated Evergreen Nature Preserve Loop

    4 months ago

    M C updated Norland Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    M C added Norland Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    M C updated Evergreen Nature Preserve

    4 months ago