Looking for a great trail in Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 15 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Stone Mountain State Park ranging from 2.1 to 76.2 miles and from 1,351 to 3,992 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!


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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 trail has a lot to offer , great views of mountains and waterfall. It has little bit of everything . Will definitely come back here again. Quite some stairs but with some rest you can totally do it .

This trail is beautiful. There’s a. Very old small town on the trail that is historical info posted near each structure. The views are amazing. My gps said it was a 5.0 mile hike.

Hiked in and out today at Widows Creek. The side-trip to the falls was worth it. Very pretty. Then we hiked back to the parking lot to access the trail. This took us a little longer because we couldn’t find it! Lol! The trail was nice but I’d not say “easy”, especially for newbies. Maybe moderate. It got easy after the first few hills in the beginning then it followed the creek on mostly flat ground to the campsites. I enjoyed the hike very much!

Not far from the road at all. To see the Widow Falls it's a simple easy walk that's only .2 miles or so. The Widow Falls trail that leads up to the backpacking camping area is a little steep and slighlty strenous due to the gravel on the steep slopes. Beautiful and enjoyable though.

17 days ago

This is now one of my favorite hikes! The waterfall and the beautiful Mountain View’s made this hike so worth it! The trail is very well maintained. There are a LOT of steps, some muddy/ slippery spots, and some steep spots. We brought our dog along with us and she did very well! There were quite a few people on a Saturday and most did have dogs. I highly recommend this trail to everyone!

Great hike however way to crowded on Saturday.

Good trail, just a bit busy with people on a warm Saturday

25 days ago

amazing hike ! gets pretty difficult going up the stairs and i wouldn’t recommend it for anyone out of shape but all in all it was a great hike with amazing views throughout. 10/10 !

Wonderful place to go excercise and clear your head of life.

One of my favorite trails. Very good workout, great views and you're alongside the creek half of the time! Just note that it is a LOT harder going one way than the other, as on one side of Stone Mountain the ascent is very steep with a lot of stairs and on the other it is more gradual. Once you reach the split, if you go left it takes you by the waterfall first but then you've got the stairs up the side of Stone Mountain. Going right is the easier ascent up Stone Mountain and the waterfall will be at the end.

I hiked this trail yesterday morning. I started down at the lower parking lot trailhead and did the entire loop. It was an amazing experience. The views at the summit and the waterfalls was awesome. I saw an abundance of wildlife as well. Great trail!

Hiked this loop with my 2 children about 2 months ago. It was challenging at parts but mainly fun! We started off to the right. Will go then opposite way next time for more of a challenge. The waterfall, views and well marked routes were perfect!

Great hike that has it all! Great views from the top with lots of places to stop off the trail and take it all in! I did find parking at the east parking lot and going to the summit is the way to do this hike! Coming from the other direction to the top, you'll be climbing many narrow steps, much easier going down those narrow steps in my opinion. Seen plenty of people with children and dogs so I do believe it's a hike for the entire family.

With a short addition to the Stone Mountain Loop, in winter you get beautiful views of Stone Mountain's rock face and the views of the Blue Ridge from Wolf Rock are gorgeous.

Nice addition to Stone Mountain Loop Trail. Blackjack Ridge Trail is a nice walk through the woods and being an old road bed the trail does not have many roots or rocks to trip one up.

We stayed at the park's campground, beautiful, clean and a return visit for sure. This time of the year and during the week made it extra special, only two other camper's in the campground.
Hiked both ways on the loop, it was an outstanding experience.

I do this to add a couple miles to Stone Mountain loop trail.

The trail is decent. there are always many people on this trail as this is the most popular trail in this SP. the view from the top is nice.

very good climb. the trail is nice and wide. seemed well maintained but there were some trees on trail from the recent ice storm. it is not as hard as doughton recreation area's bluff mtn premitive ridge trail which gains the same elevation as this trail in 2.8 miles.

this trail has everything to offer... hills, stairs, waterfalls, scenery. rates second to Yosemite only.

2 months ago

Well maintained trail that does not have too much elevation gain. On the hike up, you will be treated to a good view of Stone Mountain. Towards the end to Wolf Rock, the trail evens out. The views from Wolf Rock are great especially in Autumn. On the hike back down, venture on to Cedar Rock Trail for a great view of Stone Mountain from Cedar Rock and the Blue Ridge Mountains before you come to to the Hutchinson homestead at the base of Stone Mountain.

3 months ago

Took this trail from the Wolf Rock Trail. The best views of the Stone Mtn rock face are at this trail.

3 months ago

Hiked this one after I completed the Stone Mtn Loop. Nice view of the Blue Ridge at the top. Probably my favorite view in the park.

Short hike to a cascade.

Easily, one of my favorite hikes. Started at the Lower Trailhead. A lot of steps and rock faces to hike up, a lot of overlooks, and a 200 foot waterfall. Covered about 9 miles.

This was my favorite hike I've ever done! Highly recommend. Definitely start with the summit.

A beautiful day for hiking. I recommend this route over the standard SM loop because it isn’t that much longer and you get a much different perspective on Cedar Rock. The views on top of Stone Mountain itself are amazing, providing a 180 degree perspective on the NC mountains. You can easily see 60 miles up there on a clear day. Most of the NC ranges are visible.

My gps said I did 6.5 miles for this loop. It was strenuous. Uphill both ways. Lots of steps. Took me and my pup about 4 and a half hours. Stopped at top of rock for snack and rest. It was a really nice hike though.

3 months ago

Completed this trail along with the Black Jack Ridge, Cedar Rock, & Stone Mountain Loop trails to make an 8.6 mile loop. This trail is also one of the less traveled which is a nice break away from the people pollution that tend to frequent the Stone Mountain Loop Trail.

3 months ago

Completed this trail along with the Black Jack Ridge, Wolf Rock, & Stone Mountain Loop trails to make an 8.6 mile loop. This trail is one of the less traveled which is wonderful considering all the people pollution that tend to frequent the Stone Mountain Loop in a counter clockwise route.

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