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.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1059 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

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

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!!

7 days ago

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13 days 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.

15 days ago

19 days ago

Beautiful views hard trail

20 days ago

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

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1 month 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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1 month ago

This was a great hike with beautiful scenery and a nice waterfall. It was well marked and mostly moderate except a few parts that were strenuous. I will definitely come back as there are quite a few different trails to take.

There were restrooms at the beginning, the upper kit is where we started and several benches along the way here and there.

We spotted a deer and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! We summited the Stone Mountain for a breathtaking view at 2,305 feet.

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1 month ago

1 month ago

very beautiful hike. should be rated as moderate, though.

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1 month ago

Nice hike!!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Part of it was closed. Very trafficked

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1 month ago