We loved this hike! When we went, the waterfall part was pretty crowded but the hike to the summit was not very trafficked. Would recommend who want a good, longer hike.

Great hike! Much more challenging than I thought towards the end when trying to traverse the actual mountain - the Stone is very steep and I could imagine it being dangerous if it rained - bring your good lungs!

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rocky
3 days ago

Great loop of Stone Mtn. We did go counter clockwise and saved the old homestead and waterfall for the final 1.5 miles or so. All in all, a very well rounded hike ... Flat, hills, smooth, rocky and wooded with a few creek crossings with varying vista types. Highly recommend this loop.

Added to my short list of favorites. There's a little bit of everything here. Some great vistas, a large waterfall, some challenging climbs, and some pleasantly flat portions across widely varying surroundings. I walked counter clockwise for now particular reason and, looking at my recording, I think that was probably the easier of the options. I should also note that my recording (and my Garmin) clocked this hike at over 5 miles so the original recording might be a little short. I arrived around before 10am and the trail was already relatively crowded for my tastes. By the time i left ~3 hours later, the parking lot was completely full. I'd definitely recommend arriving early if at all possible.

For a day trip, this is a great hike with a small group! It had a bit of everything- shade, a few water falls, Mountain scenery, and a bit of a climb. It’s definitely a moderate climb, but our group with various athletic ability was able to accomplish it (just don’t forget plenty of water on a hot day xD ). There isn’t much parking available, so I would arrive earlier than later. Restrooms were also open at this time and decently maintained.

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rocky
13 days ago

Fun loop - suggest you arrive early as the parking lot fills quickly.

Backpacked in for an overnight with my son and nephew. Lots of good camping spots along the trail.

Loved it! Great trail. Will be posting some photos of the park

The hike had everything you could ever want, great views, wildlife, rock formations, technical climbs and amazing waterfalls. it was awesome.

Loved this trail!!!

This is the perfect hike for everyone. The conditions are suitable for young children to older folks and all in between! You’ll get a good workout in near the top where it’s fairly steep (but there’s plenty of places to stop for a rest if you need it). The views are stellar for such a quick hike and it’s scenic from parking lot to peak! The only down side is the crowds. I suggest getting there as early as you can to get ahead of the afternoon rush.

Completed stone mountain loop trail. We started counted clockwise and later realized we avoided climbing a lot of stairs. So I would recommend doing this for beginners. Also, the park signs states the trail is 4 miles, we stopped at lower level parking, completed over 5 miles. So be prepared. Otherwise, the submit was beautiful, the streams, leading the waterfall all breath taking!

At the advice of other reviewers, we took the trail counter-clockwise and I am thrilled that we did. There was plenty of incline and opportunities to get your heart rate up this direction, but instead of climbing stairs for 1000ft you descended the summit via stairs. A bit tougher on your knees this way but I personally enjoyed it more. We got off the Loop at Wolf Rock Trail, then hopped on Cedar Rock Trail to connect back to the Loop Trail. We went on a Wednesday morning during COVID stay-at-home phase 1 and were pleased to have most of the day to ourselves, including a private lunch at Wolf Rock. We didn’t run into many people until we got towards the waterfall which is an easy walk from the parking lot. Very enjoyable hike with great views, a good exercise, and plenty of shade. Would highly recommend!

Nice trail. Variable footing, from solid rock, manmade stairs, steel cable walks, to solid earth. Nice views, especially in winter. The foliage has fallen away and you can see the rolling of the mountainside.

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24 days ago

Fun area at the top to play around on the rock with a great view. Trail reopened May 9th 2020 after Covid — get there early as it starts to get packed around 10am. Got there at 8 and pretty much had it all to ourselves.

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2 months ago

Stunning views as always. Pretty crowded on a Sunday morning (probably due to coronavirus stir-craziness). Mileage on this map is an overestimate...whoever posted this hike initially spent 0.5 miles at the waterfall. Overall the hike should be around 7 miles. We added the Blackjack Ridge where it came in at the connector between the MST and the Cedar Ridge trail which made it 7.3.

Nice trail and lots of views

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rocky
2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall view and Stone Mountain summit is incredible.

Awesome, nice morning hike, definitely go counter clock like everyone said unless you like a bit of a challenge. Absolutely beautiful

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rocky
2 months ago

If you go counter clockwise, be careful of your footing going down the wooden and dirt stairs. Beautiful but can be very dangerous if you aren’t paying attention. When I went on Saturday, March 7th, 2020, there were a few trees down on the trail but we still made it through fairly easily.

Fun, family-friendly trail with some great views at the top, and a nice waterfall. Pretty crowded on the weekends, but to be expected. Completed the loop counter-clockwise with stops in 2h10m.

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3 months ago

Awesome trail! We started at the lower trailhead and went to the summit side first. The first mile was definitely the most strenuous and it was good to be fresh for that. Lots of stairs and some rocky slopes in that area. After that it becomes more foresty. Waterfall area is gorgeous! The mountain view side of the trail is really nice as well, mossy and relatively flat. We walked through the homestead and did take a few detours out onto the rocks so we clocked in at 5.77 miles total. Took approximately 3 hours 15 minutes.

Great loop. Went counterclockwise and it was a slow climb to the summit. Stopped to look at the homestead and the people climbing Stone Mountain. Took a side hike to middle and lower falls. Couldn’t get to lower falls so that was disappointing, but middle falls was awesome and so was Stone Mountain falls. The stairs to it were a beast!! Ended up being more like 6.2 miles before we were back at the lower parking lot. Great hike!

This is a great 4.5 mile trail that took about 2.5 hours. There are a lot of steps and stairs. FitBit registered 137 flights of stairs. Huge Tip: Take the loop counterclockwise. The first time I did this hike I went clockwise and thought I was going to pass out from all of the climbing and steps. I swore I would never go back. The second time I went, I went counterclockwise and it was so much easier!

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muddy
3 months ago

Incredible. Little forest cover if you go in the heat

Took our family including the 5 kids (10, 8, 6, 4, and 1). We started at the Upper Trailhead, and took the left towards the falls first. This worked out well, as everyone was fresh for the stairs up and down there. By the time we got to the Stone, we were ready for the grueling calf burn of those stairs. It was tough, but well placed steps made it work. The gentle slope back down was a good end to the day. All the walkers enjoyed it, albeit exhausted at the end.

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washed out
3 months ago

We started out at the Upper lot and turned left to seethe waterfall first. Since the trail log said 900 foot elevation gain, we weren't to worried when we hit the stairs at the waterfall. We lost the trail slightly at the homestead but found it quickly enough. It started snowing and we weren't expecting the stairs going up the mountain. They are extra difficult in the wet. Not moderate. We will try again in the Spring or Summer.

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