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

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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.

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2 days ago

3 days 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.

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8 days ago

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

9 days 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.

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1 month 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.

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2 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

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2 months ago

Beautiful place!

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3 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!!