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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.

on Cedar Rock Trail

hiking
4 days 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

hiking
4 days 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.

Nice views of Stone Mountain.

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.

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.

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.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

We discovered this part of Stone Mountain when we arrived at our usual parking lot only to find it completely full! There was some sort of event going on. But we had driven an hour from Winston-Salem and were not about to go back, so we kept driving until we found another parking lot (also nearly full), then went up the trail and chose what appeared to be the lesser trafficked path that split off about a quarter-mile from the trail head. Wolf Rock did not disappoint! Fewer people, amazing views. We did a full loop and made it to Cedar Rock as well, explored the old abandoned buildings in the valley, and of course checked out the old homestead on the way back. We've gone back multiple times and we always take the Wolf Rock Trail, then loop back via Cedar Rock. Highly recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

We took the Stone Mountian Loop Trail & Blackjack Ridge Trail to Wolf Rock. We came down Wolf Rock Trail to finish a 4.2 mile loop. Great Trail in the winter with several nice views.

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

love it!

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.

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