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Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain's base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park. Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 20 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with more than 16 miles of trails, take a hike in the park. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. More than 14,100 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds.

This was a wonderful hike, definitely strenuous in places. We started at the Upper Parking area and took a right at the chimney. Hike to the summit was moderate... it was very steep coming down. Took a break at the Lower Parking area then continued the hike to Stone Mountain Falls. Beautiful views. The last leg back to the upper lot had a lot, and I mean a lot of steps. Great workout!

I love hiking at Stone Mountain State Park. This trail combination adds the very scenic Wolf Rock to the wonderful Stone Mountain Loop. It brings you back to the loop near the Hutchinson Homestead, by way of the Black Jack Ridge Trail. This option provides some added distance compared to the return on the Cedar Rock Trail, but without the extra views of Stone Mountain.

Great trail!

Beautiful falls nestled close to the road. Hard to walk around but you can get close enough for great pics.

The stairs are tough on knees, but the 4.4 mile journey is worth it. Wonderful views from the summit on a clear day and plenty of swimming holes along the creeks and under the falls. A few young men were brave enough to repel down the face of the mountain.

If you are in shape start a the lower parking lot, this will be great for your cardio and you get to hit the falls on the last stretch.

If you do not want to do too much exercise skip going to the top stay on the lower part of the trail and go straight to the falls by passing through the Hutchinson Farm museum. Bunch of beautiful water hole along the way to cool down in.

Best to start in the first parking lot just past
check in building and head left to start trail- you’ll hit the summit earlier on. A nice play to hang out, read and enjoy the views. It’s a pretty steep and strenuous climb until then and throughout rest of loop, but hitting the waterfall at the end makes it all worth it. A nice place to cool down before finishing the hike with steps back up to the parking lot.

Just visited here for the first time! It is a great trail with plenty of awesome views. Just be ready for plenty of stairs!

It is easy to extend the loop out further by checking out wolf rock trail and cedar rock trail which I would definitely recommend and will definitely be back! Happy Hiking!

There are so many steps, but the views are worth it.

Beautiful hike with great views! The begging and end portions of the hike were challenging but not overly strenuous. The remainder of the hike was quite easy. The streams and scenery are gorgeous - even in between the breathtaking scenic overlooks. I hiked this one in the rain and it slowed me down considerably as everything was quite slippery! However, I’d still do it again - rain or shine!

1 month ago

Very enjoyable hike.

love this hike, beautiful park

Loved this hike, highly suggest seeing the falls last.

We did today and we loved it. Is a moderate trail but my daughter of 7 yrs old finished it. We took some time at the summit and at the wolf rock and treated ourselves with the amazing waterfall. Highly recommended but if going with kids please know what your kiddos are capable to do.

Great trail. The hike from the lower lot to the summit is very strenuous, but not very long, the hike from upper lot to the summit is much more gradual. There are many variations of this trail you can do to make it easier as well.

Really enjoyed this trail- you get to see the falls (and can take a short detour for Middle/Lower Falls) as well get a beautiful view from the summit! Following suggestions, I started at the Upper Lot trailhead & followed the trail in the direction for the falls. I took the Middle & Lower falls detour (about a 1 mile, 1-way trail), but didn't make it to the Lower Falls as the trail crossed a creek that was too wide/deep to just cross through. There were some rocks that could potentially be used to cross, but I didn't have faith in my limited athletic abilities. Continued on the Loop trail to the summit, which had a short but very steep climb to the top. I personally find it easier to go uphill with stairs, rather than just continuous switchbacks, so going this way made the climb up a little easier.

Very East Trail

Excellent views from the top.

Fellow fat people and/or beginning hikers, please read! I went insane sometime this week and decided I would do the entire loop. Second hike of the year. Got up early, was in the park at 8:03, hit the trail shortly after that, parking in the Upper Lot. At the fireplace on the trail, you can go either left or right. Left takes you past Stone Mountain Falls and down something like 300 stairs. Right takes you up to the summit using what felt like a thousand switchbacks but was really probably closer to ten. I went right because I wanted to get to the summit when it was empty. Met one hiker coming down (who was easily in his 60’s and recovering from a recent surgery and STILL whooping my butt) but mostly empty until after the summit. The summit is gorgeous. I enjoyed the view and the breeze for quite some time, until the buzzards started to notice I wasn’t moving much. Once the orange circles on the trees run out, start looking for them on the ground to follow the trail around and down a bazillion steps and some steep grades that, luckily, someone put a guide rail up for me to cling to with all my strength. I met a Boy Scout troop on the way down, who were also acting as if climbing a mountain isn’t a big deal. Punks. Once you make it down and cross the road, the trail leads you to the Homestead at the base of the mountain. All of the old buildings have a little display to talk about how they were used and the people who used them. Very interesting. There is a water fountain here. Back on the trail, it starts to smooth out and you can start to make up some time and get your heart rate back under control. I took a side trip down the Lower and Middle Falls trail (blue circle), which was also pretty incredible. Back on the main trail, you’ll walk past a bunch of waterfalls until you see the steps that lead up to the base of Stone Mountain Falls. HERE IS WHERE IT GETS IMPORTANT. Fellow fat people and/or beginning hikers- if you have beaten the odds and accomplished climbing the mountain and checking out the homestead and the waterfalls, you now have 305 (or so) stairs to climb UP. I (athletically speaking) was not ready for this hike. I did it. It was phenomenal. And I’d do it again. But I gotta hit the gym for some conditioning first. After I ice my knee, anyway. Bottom line- awesome hike with great views and a real sense of accomplishment when it’s over. I’ve never been so happy to see my car. Trails are well marked. Take water, and a camera, and some patience. Hike your own hike- don’t try to compete with the super athletic people (and their dogs) that you might see on the trails. Or the Boy Scouts. Or the outpatients.

This trail go straight up, with an incline that will kick you a** if you are not trained on inclines. I run steep hills and train on 15% treadmill inclines for 4.5 mph at 1 hour, and this was not easy for me at all. But, I loved the challenge.

Trail had not one person on it, while all other Stone Mountain trails were wall-to-wall at the same time.

If you want to get away from the Stone Mountain amateur hikers, this is the trail for you.

The way back is steep downhill, which works different muscles. This may be a challenge for those not used to steep downhill, even though trained on inclines.

I just moved to NC from Ohio where we don’t have these opportunities, and it took us about 4 hours with breaks of course. We took our pups and it was absolutely beautiful and worth every flight of stairs we had to take lol DEFINITELY RECOMMEND. (Maybe not for beginner hikers)

2 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.

The entire loop trail is open.

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!

Great place to hike in and camp the night. My Daughter and I went there , had a great time. We also took MST to Devils Garden Overlook but be warned that at time we hiked it All Trail Classification is wrong. Devil Garden Overlook is an advance trail not moderate.

This trail is a advance trail and straight up almost the whole time. My daughter and I are new to hiking , this trail was out of our league. All trails has made a mistake classifying this as moderate. We did finally make it to over look but was hard to do. All in all view is worth it.

3 months ago

I drove three hours to explore this state park and this was hands down my favorite trail. I got there around 11am and I was literally the only person at the top. The view was stunning and a great place to eat my lunch and relax. Coming down I did run into about 30 people making their way up so the earlier you can get there the better.

on Cedar Rock Trail

4 months ago

You get nice views of Stone Mountain on this trail. Not a hard trail. Be sure to follow red blazes across Cedar Rock to find the other part of the trail. The one part of this trail that confused me was the end. I had a map that I was also going by. Once I reached the homestead there were no more red blazes. I continued down the gravel road until I ran into the Stone Mountain Loop Trail that led back to the lower parking lot. If this is the indeed correct way of doing this trail it would be nice to continue with the red blazes down to where you pick up the Stone Mountain Loop trail, which is blazed in orange. I could of done it wrong, I don't know. lol Just going by the map.

on Wolf Rock Trail

4 months ago

Nice trail. Not very long or hard. I believe there was one good steep hill to climb. Once I got to Wolf Rock the views were beautiful. You can walk out on the rock and hang out for a while. Made a loop out of the trail by hiking down Cedar Rock.

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.

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