Stone Mountain Loop Trail

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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 difficult. 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.

4.7 miles 1059 feet Loop

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wild flowers

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.

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4 days ago

Nothing beats the view at the top!

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14 days ago

The trail was partially closed due to maintenance after controlled burns so it wasn't a "loop". I look forward to returning and completing the loop. Great hike with my dog.

16 days ago

absolutely beautiful trail. very well maintained trail. would not consider this a hard trail if you do any type of hiking on a regular basis. perfect for families and very dog friendly.

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22 days ago

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

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24 days ago

Great hike. It's like you're on the moon's surface...love all of the indentations on the rock

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Great Hike with wonderful views! Gods Country!

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2 months ago

A moderate to hard hike (depending on where you start) with a fantastic view of a waterfall. However, beware the stairs as there are some spots that are more tricky than others.

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2 months ago

Just finished the Stone Mountain Loop a few days ago. I always have fun while hiking, especially with our dog Luna.

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