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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.

Outstanding views of the summit make the elevation change worth taking on this trail. This trail is not a one trick pony though. The falls are a treat and the homestead is an historical gem.
Part of the trail was closed when we hiked it so we had to do some back-tracking to see everything. Again, it was worth the effort.
If you are limited on time and only want to go to the Summit, park in the Upper Lot. If you only want to go to the Homestead and the Falls, park in the lower Lot.

Used to hike this trail often when I lived in NC. Very nice views at the top.

Easy hike, beautiful.

Great Hike...although I don't like the fact that the trail is all gravel. The views from the Summit are incredible. Also got the opportunity to run into a Timber Rattler. Got some awesome pics of the Snake...just be alert on the trails and pay attention to your surroundings.

This trail is the much easier version of the Stone Mountain Loop Trail which starts from the same parking lot (much steeper portion of the loop). I almost prefer this hike to the Stone Mountain Loop Trail because it was much quieter and provided a very similar view. If I could rate this trail a 6 I would!

This trail has a moderately steep consistent incline to the end of the hike. The 180 degree view from atop the exposed limestone is worth the trip up.

1 month ago

Didn't go to Middle Falls, but made it to the Upper Falls and the Lower Falls. I liked the privacy of the Lower Falls.

Part of the loop trail is closed right now so we hiked up and back, making this hike over 9 miles! The trail and views are amazing. I highly recommend this hike! I've done it several times and it's always amazing.

The waterfalls were so awesome