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Stone Mountain State Park -- Roaring Gap, NC

Updated on February 12, 2017
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Efficient Admin (aka Michelle) has been hiking for five years on the wonderful mountain trails of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Stone Mountain State Park - North Carolina

This view is seen at the base of the old Hutchinson House ruins.
This view is seen at the base of the old Hutchinson House ruins. | Source

Stone Mountain State Park, North Carolina

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3042 Frank Parkway Roaring Gap, NC 28668-9532:
3042 Frank Pkwy, Roaring Gap, NC 28668, USA

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Stone Mountain State Park is located in Roaring Gap, NC and covers 13,747 acres. It is located within 30 miles of other state parks such as Elk Knob State Park, Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia, Mount Jefferson State Natural Area, New River State Park, and Pilot Mountain State Park. This mountain has much exposed granite and rises over 600 feet. The elevation is 2,305 feet above sea level and is known for its bare granite sides and can be seen for miles. It offers some of the best rock climbing in North Carolina and was designated a National Natural Landmark in May 1974. Mid to late October is a great time to visit if you wish to see the leaves changing. In the park office, there is an exhibit showing how the early settlers to the area provided food, clothing, and shelter for their families.

Stone Mountain Loop Trail

Stone Mountain offers approximately 16 miles of trails to hike on, and more than 20 miles of trout fishing is available. The Stone Mountain Loop Trail is very strenuous during the first 0.75 mile because it is nothing but stairs going straight up. This mountain kicked my butt. I was sore for six (6) days after doing this trail. Fortunately for those who wish to rest on the way up, there is at least one bench you can sit to rest on. Thank you State of North Carolina! If you hike the entire Stone Mountain Loop Trail, the mileage is 4.3. It is a really good workout and may feel like 6 miles! After the hike you can stop at the Stone Mountain Country Store on the way out for some ice cream.

From the Lower Trailhead Parking lot, the first 0.75 mile is nothing but stone and wood stairs to get to the top. Great workout!

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You are not even close to the top yet!Stairs, stairs, and more stairs!That bench must be around here somewhere!It's a long way up. The bench is around here somewhere!  Whew, I need to sit down.
You are not even close to the top yet!
You are not even close to the top yet! | Source
Stairs, stairs, and more stairs!
Stairs, stairs, and more stairs! | Source
That bench must be around here somewhere!
That bench must be around here somewhere! | Source
It's a long way up. The bench is around here somewhere!  Whew, I need to sit down.
It's a long way up. The bench is around here somewhere! Whew, I need to sit down. | Source

Getting to the Top Is Worth the View

Once you get to the top the view is worth it. Stone Mountain is situated next to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. The forests of Stone Mountain include chestnut oak, scarlet and black oak, red maple, hickory, white pine and dogwood. Plants include blueberry, rhododendron, and mountain laurel. On some of the exposed granite you can find lichens, mosses and small ferns growing. Species of birds that live here include scarlet tanager, whippoorwill, ruffed goose, turkey and pileated woodpecker. Other animals found here include box turtles, gray and red foxes, bobcats, raccoons and white-tailed deer.

Views From the Top of Stone Mountain

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As you can see from the view, the stairs are worth the climb.  Go slow (like I must do) up the stairs and take your time.  At least the scenary going up is really beautiful!
As you can see from the view, the stairs are worth the climb.  Go slow (like I must do) up the stairs and take your time.  At least the scenary going up is really beautiful!
As you can see from the view, the stairs are worth the climb. Go slow (like I must do) up the stairs and take your time. At least the scenary going up is really beautiful! | Source
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I sat at the base of this waterfall and hit the record button. Join me to sit and listen to the waterfall at Stone Mountain.

Caution Around the Waterfalls

Coming back down the Stone Mountain Loop trail are some more stairs and also a waterfall. There are severe dangers around the waterfall and caution should be practiced. Stay behind the wooden fences around the waterfalls. People have tried to get to close to the falls, lost their footing and fell to their deaths. Enjoy the view but use extreme caution.

Around the Waterfall on the Stone Mountain Loop Trail; All Stairs go Downwards at This Point.

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Hutchison Homestead

Near the end of the Stone Mountain Loop trail you will come to the old Hutchinson family homestead on the right hand side of the trail. They were farmers who carved out a living in this remote part of the country over a century ago and the buildings are still there at the base of Stone Mountain. Volunteers often staff the homestead on the weekends. Sometimes a descendant of the Hutchinson family may show people around. The property consists of a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corn crib, meat house, and original furnishings. It was restored in 1998 and is representative of the lives of those who lived there long ago. The buildings are open to visitors Thursday through Sunday from March – October, and the grounds are open year round.

Photos of the historic Hutchinson Homestead Ruins

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Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
A view from the Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
A view from the Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC
Hutchinson Homestead Ruins Stone Mountain State Park Roaring Gap, NC | Source

At the Base of Stone Mountain in the Area of the Hutchinson Homestead. There is a trail here which leads to the Waterfall.

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Hutchison Homestead in the distance. In this photo, the Hutchinson Homestead is at the base of  Stone Mountain to the left.The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain.The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain.Rock Climbers!
Hutchison Homestead in the distance.
Hutchison Homestead in the distance. | Source
In this photo, the Hutchinson Homestead is at the base of  Stone Mountain to the left.
In this photo, the Hutchinson Homestead is at the base of Stone Mountain to the left. | Source
The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain.
The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain. | Source
The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain.
The Hutchinson Homestead is at the base here of Stone Mountain. | Source
Rock Climbers!
Rock Climbers! | Source

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    • Efficient Admin profile imageAUTHOR

      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Glimmer, thanks. Chimney Rock is an awesome place and yes those stairs are a killer and of course the air is much thinner at that elevation. Thanks for your comments and for reading.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      6 years ago

      Gorgeous Photos and nice place. We were down in Chimney Rock this past summer and the stairs were killer (in a good and bad way!). :)

    • Efficient Admin profile imageAUTHOR

      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Hi Mhatter, you're welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed! It was a bit humid that day but it was nice and sunny and the sky was blue.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the tour and awesome pictures.

    • Efficient Admin profile imageAUTHOR

      Efficient Admin 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thanks Bill. This was a great hike even though the first 0.75 was brutal!!! I had to stop every 2 minutes to catch my breath but had a lot of fun trekking this mountain. Thanks for reading.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is one big rock!!!! Love the pictures....the Homestead is beautiful...what a great place to visit. Thank you for the tour; I'll have to go there the next time I'm in the area....great hub!

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