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Stone Mountain State Park
Copyright: - North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation
Stone Mountain State Park
Description - Stone Mountain State Park is an absolutely beautiful and pristine park enjoyed by many outdoor enthusiasts. The main monadnock is visible for many miles, while two other monadnocks are still impressive, their dominance is not as spectacular. The park contains 13,378 acres of rocks, streams and wilderness. In the streams live brown, rainbows and brook trout. In the wilderness lives deer, beaver, otter, bobcat, squirrels and numerous species of birds.

Mr. R. Philip Hanes, Hanes Hosiery Company, had the displeasure of observing a visitor littering. Consequently, he purchased thousands acres. Later he and the North Carolina Granite corporation donated this land and the park was dedicated in 1969. In 1975, Stone Mountain's natural significance became a National Natural Landmark.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March and October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May and September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation - Viewing scenery at Stone Mountain is unsurpassed. This park is known for its designated areas of rock climbing. There are 13 routes up the face of the monadnock, offering the climber years of return visit enjoyment and challenge. All climbers must register before starting out. No new bolts are to be placed in the rock. Contact the park office for more information.

The park offers family camping, group camping and backcountry camping. Some of the camping is available by reservation only and some sites are a first-come first-served basis. All are available year-round. (Washhouse closes December 15 through March 15.) Backpack camping is permitted at the six designated backpacking sites. The tent / trailer area can accommodate RV's, however, there are no water or electrical hookups. There are 37 family campsites with grills, tables and showers are nearby. Permits will be issued at the campsite. Firewood may be purchased from the park staff.

There are no boating , canoeing or swimming opportunities offered.

All fishermen are required to possess a current fishing license and trout stamp. All NC Wildlife Resource Commission laws apply. "Fish for Fun" opportunities for children and handicapped.

A park ranger is available during the spring and summer months for guided walks and other interpretive programs. Slide shows or nature programs are provided on weekends during the summer months.
Hutchinson Homestead Historical Site opened in 1999 offering an insight to the local history. Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)--Our Changing Land. Grades: 5, 6, 7 and 8. Introduces students to basic geologic concepts focusing on Stone Mountain. Major concepts covered include: the rock cycle, geologic time, weathering and erosion, igneous rocks, geologic processes, resource use and stewardship.

There are 75 picnic tables, each with a grill. Also, there are three picnic shelters: Chestnut Shelter - 8 tables, Dogwood Shelter - 8 tables and Hemlock Shelter - 12 tables. The shelters are on a first come basis unless reserved. Only the picnic shelter can be reserved; picnic tables in surrounding area cannot be reserved. Pig cookers and portable grills are permitted at the shelter in the grass areas only. Shelters close 30 minutes prior to the park closing.

For the physically challenged, pathways, visitor center, picnic shelters, picnic sites, washhouse and two campsites with tables are accessible.

Climate - North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Location - The park is located between Sparta and Elkin, just south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. From US 21 take SR 1002 about four and a half miles to Traphill. In Traphill, turn north on the John P Frank Parkway and proceed two miles into the park.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Stone Mt now has the new campground open with hookups and the rest rooms and showers are open year round. clean park and friendly staff. check it out

Filed By: Brian Jones (Charlotte, NC)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The 4+ mile loop that summits Stone Mountain is probably my favorite day-hike to do. The views are nothing short of breathtaking. In addition, deer are so plentiful (and protected) that they do not run, but quietly go about their grazing without seeming too concerned by the hikers' presence. On a personal note, my brother and I hiked this trail on September 11, 2001. We had planned on doing this for a couple of weeks and decided to continue in spite of what had happened in New York. Taking the time that day to experience such a beautiful place will always remind me of how wonderful escaping to the outdoors can be.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The most beautiful place in the world; got engaged right on the top of it,(at the marker) to a terrific guy. Married, now going on 3 years. We go there at least once a week, we live only 20 minutes away, but it's like going on vacation everytime we go. Baby, our Rottweiler loves it too. (on a leash) She gets excited when you ask her if she wants to go hiking, she knows that she's going to Stone Mountain. Sincerely, Terry & Cathy and Baby Rose


More Information

Contact Information:
Stone Mountain State Park, 3042 Frank Parkway , Roaring Gap, NC, 28668, Phone: 336-957-8185, Fax: 336-957-3985
, stonemtn@infoave.net

Additional Information:
North Carolina State Parks - North Carolina's State Parks offer wonderful beach camping to mountain wilderness camping. There are hiking trails in all sorts of forest types and countless fishing opportunities. The entire state, from the mountain to the piedmont area to the coast is rich in history and well highlighted at the parks.
Piedmont Region - Located in the center of the state, this historically rich area once dominated by tobacco fields has been transformed into one of the East Coast's most dynamic new industrial mega centers.
The Triad Area - The Triad is located in the northern Piedmont area of the state. Comprising Winston, Salem, Greensboro and the High Point area, it is home to the once thriving tobacco industry. It is also home to the finest furniture makers in America. In addition, the area has an interesting Revolutionary and Civil War history.

Links:
Blue Ridge Parkway - Association Website
Stone Mountain State Park - Official agency Website

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