dogs on leash
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.
Mike K. on Stone Mountain Loop Trail
Absolutely beautiful. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking. Make sure to check out the Hutchison homestead by the entrance to the climbing area
Mike K. on Middle Falls and Lower Falls Trail
Great hike, the lower falls can be easy to miss so make sure you pay close attention
Great stretch of the BRP including Blowing Rock, Moses Cone Memorial Park, Doughton Park, the Cascades at E.B. Jeffress, Jumpinoff Rock, also near Stone Mountain, Mount Jefferson State Park, Roaring Gap, Sparta and Boone. One of the best areas on the Blue Ridge to get out of your car and explore!
Spur trail off the main Stone Mountain Loop trail, Lower and Middle Falls are ok, some nice cascades but not as nice as the larger falls on the Loop. Trail is about 0.9 miles out and back each way from the Loop trail and there are a couple of stream crossings. Mostly wooded and no views of Stone Mountain. We did this on an icy day with big icicles growing off the rocks, good place to take some waterfall pics.