Stone Mountain Loop Trail

MODERATE 242 reviews
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Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Roaring Gap, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
833 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Hike around the granite dome at Stone Mountain State Park south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. A granite bulge forms the centerpiece of Stone Mountain State Park. Stone Mountain Loop takes you to the top of the bulge, past a scenic waterfall and through the restored homestead of a family that lived in the shadow of Stone Mountain for four generations. The park also provides an excellent side trip for travelers along the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway. Two trailheads at Stone Mountain State Park lead to the loop. While the Lower Trailhead in the park's northeast corner gets you to the base of the mountain more quickly, the far better hiking route is from the Upper Trailhead on the west side of the park. From there, you hike a short spur to reach the loop trail, hang a left, walk down past Stone Mountain Falls and then continue till the massive wall of granite starts to fill the background behind the thinning tree.. Slack-jawed wonder is a perfectly natural response to seeing Stone Mountain for the first time. Once you get your wits about you again, you can explore the Hutchinson family's homestead, occupied for a century from 1855 to 1955. Then it's a steep slog to the summit - a vast, sloping field of granite striped black by one rainstorm after another. Finally, it's all downhill to get back where you came from.

hiking
7 days ago

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.

hiking
15 days ago

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.

hiking
29 days ago

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!

hiking
29 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

2 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

love it!

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

5 months ago

Great trail with beautiful views. a portion of the loop was closed due to damage during planned burning but was still able to access the summit and waterfall

5 months ago

Beautiful place!

hiking
6 months ago

Love his trail but wear good shoes and bring lots of water because you will work hard during some of this trail, lots to see, lots of steps in one area. Beautiful views!!

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trial. Not considered "hard" in my opinion because the whole trail is laid with gravel or crushed rock. Took our GSP which loved the hike. Although he's not used to being on a leash. Lots of friendly people and dogs on the trail.

6 months ago

Beautiful views hard trail

6 months ago

I've hiked this trail many times. I recommend starting in upper parking lot and going counter clockwise on loop.

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike. It is technically closed for part of the trail but was still able to hike it. Looks like their "controlled burn" became "uncontrolled". :-) It took out some stairs, fencing, etc. But, there are nice waterfalls, a lot of stairs, vistas are good. The only reason it is 3 stars is because of the closed part and the stairs.

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