Camping at Stone Mountain State Park

Available Camping Facilities

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Just past the park office, a turnoff leads to the family campground where 90 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles are located on three loop roads. These sites are open to a maximum of 6 people per campsite.

Each campsite has a tent pad, picnic table, and a fire ring / grill.

Driveway lengths and tent pad sizes vary; please check ReserveAmerica for the exact measurements for each site. Tents must be on tend pads, and all vehicles must be parked in the campsite driveway. There is limited additional parking available across from the B Loop bathhouse.

A Loop – Tents Only

Sites 1 through 37 can accommodate tents only.

Potable faucets are spread out through the loop. A bathhouse with toilets and hot showers is centrally located on this loop.

There are 12 sites on this loop that are accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please do not reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

All A Loop campsites and the bathhouse are closed from November through February.

B Loop – Tent, Trailer, or RV, with water and electric hookups

Sites 40 through 80 are available for tents, RVs, pop-up campers, travel trailers, or vehicle camping. Each campsite has electric hookups (20, 30, and 50 amp), along with water dedicated to each site.

A bathhouse with toilets and hot showers is located between the entrance to B Loop and C Loop. This bathhouse is open year-round.

Sites 72 and 73 are accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please do not reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

C Loop – Tent, Trailer, or RV, with no hookups

Sites 81 through 90 are available for tents, RVs, pop-up campers, or vehicle camping. These sites have no RV hookups.

Potable water faucets are spread out through the loop. A bathhouse with toilets and hot showers is located between the entrance to B Loop and C Loop and is open year-round.

Sites 87 through 90 are accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please do not reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

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Stone Mountain State Park has four group tent campsites that each accommodate a maximum of 35 people. These are all walk-in campsites, and all camping equipment and supplies must be carried to the site. The sites are not accessible by vehicle.

Carpooling is highly encouraged within groups due to limited parking. A bathhouse with toilets and hot showers is located near the parking area.

Each site has a fire ring, grill, tables, and water. These sites do not have dedicated electrical service to each site. Running of electrical cords from the bathhouse is prohibited.

Site 1 is accessible for people with limited mobility or disabilities. Please do not reserve an accessible site if no one in your group needs it, unless it is the only site left available when you are making your reservation.

Reservations are required for group campsites.

Cancellation Policy for Group Camping

Please note that group camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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For those looking for a rugged experience, Stone Mountain offers four primitive campsites along Widow's Creek Trail. This trail is part of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail, although the MST continues past a fork on the right, while the campsites are down the left path.

Each campsite accommodates up to 6 people. The hike is about 1.5 miles from the parking lot to campsite A and about 3 miles to campsite D.

Self-registration is required at the information kiosk located at the backpack parking lot. At the kiosk, there are registration forms and envelopes for payment. Please fill out all required information on the envelope to include your vehicle information. If your party has multiple vehicles, please make sure all tags are listed on the registration sheet and envelope.

You are required to pay the $12 per night fee. Payment can be made by cash or check at the kiosk. Credit cards are accepted at the visitor center or at the campground contact station.

These sites cannot be reserved and are available on a first-come, first-served walk-up basis only.

Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Stone Mountain State Park is 4 p.m. and check-out is at 3 p.m.

Leave No Trace

Camp on designated sites only. Your camping equipment must be on the tent pad or within the designated limits of each site. When leaving, inspect your campsite, food preparation areas, and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

Burn all woods and coals to ash. Put out campfires completely before you leave, then scatter cool ashes.

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Amenities

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on ReserveAmerica to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses, or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.

Gate Access

Park gates are closed and locked to day-use areas at posted closing times. The campground offers 24-hour access via Royal Camp Lane. Royal Camp Lane is located immediately to the right of the main park gate on John P. Frank Parkway.

For after-hours emergencies in the campground, please call 911 and they will dispatch the on-call ranger. Stone Mountain is in Alleghany County. Please notify the campground hosts, at site 27 in A Loop, for emergencies only.

Firewood

Firewood can be purchased from the park office or contact station for $6 a bundle. Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is prohibited.

Please don't transport firewood into our state parks because you could unknowingly spread dangerous insects and diseases and harm the forest. Purchase firewood locally or buy heat-treated firewood. For more information on how to have a risk-free campfire experience, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

Dump Station

A dump station for the family campground is located across from the contact station. Registered campers may use the dump station for free.

Non-campers can use the dump station for a $20 fee. Please pay at the park office or the contact station.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Changes and Cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Same-day cancellations will incur an additional charge of one night's camping. You cannot cancel a one-night reservation on the same day. Same-day cancellations can be made only by calling the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762.

Please note that group camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
Campsite with RV electric and water hookups
— all sites on B Loop
$33
Campsite with no hookups
— all sites on A Loop and C Loop
$26
Group improved tent camping, up to 35 people $65
Primitive tent camping
— backpack hike-in sites on Widow's Creek
$12

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.

Volunteer as a Campground Host

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Campground hosts "live in" the park and assist park staff in maintaining the campgrounds and in serving campers. They typically answer questions, provide directions to local amenities, and inform campers of the rules and hours of the campground. They may also help register campers when the visitor center or park office is closed for the day, or they may sell firewood.

Campground hosts serve as the point of contact between campers and on-call rangers. They would report incidents, suspicious behavior, and other situations that may need to be addressed by staff.

Campground hosts serve as volunteers, so they do not get paid. A volunteer work schedule will be arranged with the park's host coordinating ranger. Those interested in serving as campground hosts should be willing to work flexible hours and be prepared to work on weekends and holidays.

Hosts will stay on the host campsite free of charge. Campground hosts serve for 1 month.

Hosts need to be willing to learn about the operations and general information about the park and the local area, in order to effectively assist campers. They must follow and comply with all North Carolina State Parks rules and regulations.

Hosts with pets are permitted, but they must follow pet rules at all times: dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they must be kept in the host's vehicle during quiet hours.