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View of Stone Mountain at Stone Mountain State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Stone Mountain State Park is open for activities such as climbing, fishing, hiking, running, horseback riding, and camping. Park hours are as normal, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., with 24-hour camper access via Royal Camp Lane. Restrooms are available at the Upper and Lower trailheads.

Picnic shelters are open and available for reservation.

The park office is open daily. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Camping: All campsites, including group campsites, are open. 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 the main trailhead 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 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 your travel to the park.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of September 11, 2020, we are following the new guidelines under phase 2.5.

 Last updated on: Monday, September 14, 2020

Stone Mountain Horse Bridle Trail Closed   

Due to all the recent rainfall at Stone Mountain the equestrian trails are closed until further notice.  Park Rangers will evaluate the conditions and reopen once trail is considered safe and dry enough for equestrian use.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020

Park at capacity by 10:00am on weekends   

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

336-957-8185
stone.mountain@ncparks.gov

 

Map of North Carolina

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.

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily, except closed weekends December - February.
Closed state holidays.

Fishing
Year-round, from 7am until park closes.

Picnic Shelter
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.

History highlights

Located on more than 14,100 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain State Park offers cascading waterfalls and cool mountain streams, quiet forests abundant with wildlife, scenic hiking trails and a historic mountain homestead.

One of the park's most spectacular features is Stone Mountain, a 600-foot granite dome. This magnificent feature is part of a 25-square-mile pluton, an igneous rock formed beneath the earth's surface by molten lava. Over time, wind, water and other forces gradually eroded the softer layers of rock atop the granite block and exposed the outcrop we see today. Wet weather springs continually carve troughs in the granite as water runs down the mountain's sloping face.

Established in 1969 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded by the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands.

Long before becoming a state park, Stone Mountain was settled by families of English, German, Irish, French and Scotch-Irish descent who built the log homes, farms, mills, churches and schools needed for self-sufficient communities.

See the Education section for more information about the park's historic facilities.