Stone Mountain State Park is open for activities such as climbing, fishing, hiking, running, horseback riding, and camping. Park hours are as normal, 7:00am to 9:00pm, with 24-hour camper access via Royal Camp Lane. Restrooms are available at the Upper and Lower trailheads. Picnic shelters are not reservable until July 1, 2020 to limit gathering of 25 or more per NC Governors Executive Orders. The park visitor center remains closed.
Camping: All campsites, except group campsites, are open as of May 22. RESERVATION IS REQUIRED*. There are no walk-ups allowed to limit contact with visitors and park staff. Please reserve online or call Aspira at 1-877-722-6762 (call wait times may be long so reserve online, if possible). Do not call the park; staff cannot take over-the-phone reservation payments.
*Backcountry campers must bring exact change ($12 per site per night) and self-register at the backpack parking trailhead to utilize these campsites (these campsites are not available for reservation online).
Weekends: Please be aware: Stone Mountain State Park will be closed as soon as main trail head parking lots fill. The park will be closed to additional visitors once park capacity has been met for the day. We anticipate the main parking lots will reach capacity by mid-morning. Plan accordingly and try to avoid arriving at the peak hours of 10:00am to 3:00pm. Do not park in undesignated areas. Towing will be enforced. Visitors are urged to visit early and check park status on the park website or on the NC State Parks social media accounts prior to and during traveling to the park.
When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.
Last updated on: Monday, August 10, 2020
Stone Mountain now routinely reaches capacity by 10:00am on weekends. If you do not arrive by this time, you are not likely to get a parking spot until the afternoon.Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 2020
3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC 28668
GPS: 36.3873, -81.0273
November - February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September & October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day
Family & Group Campgrounds remain open after hours via the Royal Camp Ln Road.
8am - 5pm daily, except closed weekends December - February.
Closed state holidays.
Year-round, from 7am until park closes.
Shelters close 30 minutes before park closes.
Exhibit and Historic Site
Exhibits: open during park office hours.
Homestead site: 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 are held at 9am every Sunday, May - October and first Sunday, November - April. Visitors are welcome to walk the church grounds when the church is closed.
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Stone Mountain State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.
To arrange a special exploration of Stone Mountain State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Stone Mountain State Park have been developed for grades 5-8 and are correlated with North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Stone Mountain program 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. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
Exhibits and Historic Sites
There's more to Stone Mountain than outdoor recreation! Drop by the park office or visit one of the historical sites to open your eyes to the natural and cultural history of the park.
Check out the park's old-time still, loom and other historical artifacts in the Mountain Culture Exhibit in the park office building. Other exhibits include animal pelts and a full-body black bear mount. These exhibits tell the story of how the independent mountain settlers provided shelter, food and clothing for their families. Other displays offer visitors the chance to learn about trout, butterflies and moths, and much more. The exhibits are open during office hours.
Walk through one of the park's historic sites, the Hutchinson Homestead. The homestead is complete with a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house and original furnishings. Visitors can play recordings that explain how different aspects of the farm were run. The farm was built in the mid-19th century. Restored in 1998, the homestead is representative of the lives of early settlers in the area. The homestead is open to visitors on weekends during peak season. When the homestead is closed during the week and during winter, visitors can walk the homestead grounds.
Another park historic site is the Garden Creek Baptist Church, located on the bank of the East Prong of Roaring River. Established in 1897, the building is one of the few original churches in Wilkes County that has not undergone any major repairs or remodeling. The church holds services every Sunday, May through October and on the first Sundays, November through April. Visitors are welcome to walk the grounds when the church is closed.