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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, April 23, 2006

Stone Mountain State Park to Dedicate Expanded Campground

RALEIGH --An expansion project that has more than doubled the size of the campground at Stone Mountain State Park will be dedicated in a public ceremony April 28 at the park, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. The project represents an investment of $2.8 million in North Carolina's second-largest state park.

Fifty-one new sites were added at the campground, including 41 sites that offer water and electric hookups for recreational vehicles. A second, paved camping loop was created, and the project includes a new 1,500-square-foot washhouse, an entrance station and new utility systems for the entire 88-space recreational facility.

The project was funded through the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, a dedicated revenue source for state park capital projects and land acquisition as well as a grant program for local government recreation projects.

"Stone Mountain has long been one of our most popular state parks because of its wealth of natural resources and stunning scenery," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "This new campground facility will allow more citizens and visitors to our state to enjoy the complete Stone Mountain experience."

Stone Mountain in Wilkes and Alleghany counties became a state park in 1969, and until 1984, when the campground was established, visitors camped at sites scattered along the park's main road. For many years, the campground filled early on summer weekends and holidays. The park recorded 378,312 visits in 2005.

Each of the new campsites offers a paved driveway, 750-square-foot campsite pad with fine gravel and grill ring, lantern post and picnic table. The campground has two fully accessible sites for the disabled.

Construction on the campground expansion project began in the summer of 2005, under the direction of Alan Jeffreys of the parks system's design and development office. The project opened for visitors in October. The Stone Mountain maintenance staff participated in construction of the entrance station and a portion of the project infrastructure. Design was by ADW Architects and contractor was Hickory Construction Company Inc.

The dedication ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at the campground. Upon entering the park on the John P. Frank Parkway, the campground is on the first road to the right beyond the park office.