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View of Stone Mountain at Stone Mountain State Park
Weekend delays   

Stone Mountain State Park now routinely reaches capacity by 10 a.m. on weekends. Once parking areas are full, the park will be closed to all incoming traffic. Weekdays are the best time to visit. If you must visit on a weekend, plan to arrive early in the morning, and be prepared with a backup plan if the park is full when you arrive. Keep in mind gate hours, which are posted at entrances. Currently, the park is open from 7am to 8pm. The only exception is Christmas Day, when all park facilities are closed.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, March 3, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Stone Mountain State Park


Contact the park
 

336-957-8185

stone.mountain@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Park office

3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC 28668

GPS: 36.3873, -81.0273
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Camping:
24-hour campground access is available via Royal Camp Lane.
 

Fishing:
Available year-round during regular park hours
 

Picnic shelters:
Shelters close 30 minutes prior to park closing hours.
 

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  • December to February:

Open Monday to Friday only:
8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • March to November:

Open daily:
8:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

Exhibits: open during park office hours
 

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Hutchinson Homestead

  • Open weekends, May through October
     
  • Visitors are welcome to walk the Homestead site grounds when the site is not open.
     

Garden Creek Baptist Church historic site

  • Services held 9:00am
    from May to October: every Sunday
    from November to April: first Sunday of every month
     
  • Visitors are welcome to walk the church grounds when the church is closed.

 


 

 

Natural resources

Get plant and animal checklists at the park office.

Forests dominated by chestnut oak cover the slopes of the park's rock-faces while scarlet and black oaks, red maple, hickory, white pine and dogwood populate the woodlands. In the understory are blueberry, rhododendron and mountain laurel. Small, slow-growing pines and cedar fringe the rock while mats of lichens, mosses and small ferns grow on areas of open, exposed granite.

Find frogs and salamanders savoring the moist habitats bordering streams at Stone Mountain while a variety of trout swim underwater. Beavers also enjoy the waters of the park and have created small ponds near the East Prong of Roaring River. Many species of birds inhabit the area, including scarlet tanager, whippoorwill, ruffed grouse, turkey and pileated woodpecker. Other animals found in the park include box turtles, gray and red foxes, bobcats, raccoons and white-tailed deer.