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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.

 


 

 

List of trails

Trail network visits the Stone Mountain summit as well as waterfalls, trout streams, historic homestead and dramatic overlooks. Rugged terrain can offer hiking challenges, and equestrians enjoy a five-mile trail.

 


Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Location: The trail begins at the backpack parking area for the Widows Creek Trail.

Description:

The trail forks to the right at the backpack sites and continues for another 5.5 miles to the Devil's Garden Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. All backpackers must register and pay at the backpack parking area before camping overnight.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
6.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
white circles

Stone Mountain Loop Trail
Location: Reached From Upper or Lower Parking Areas

Description:

This 4.5 mile trail takes you across the summit of Stone Mountain, by the Hutchinson Homestead and a 200 foot waterfall. Hikers can choose to go to the waterfall or the summit and back without having to do the entire loop. The park's TRACK Trail is located on a portion of the trail from the Lower Trailhead parking lot to the Hutchison Homestead.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
4.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
orange circle

Widow's Creek Trail
Location: This trail is entered from the backpack parking area

Description:

The trail follows Widow's Creek for 2.5 miles to the different backpack sites and stops. To view Widow's Creek Falls, park just beyond the Widow's Creek bridge and walk a short distance upstream.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
2.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
orange square

Wolf Rock Trail
Location: Trail is entered from Stone Mountain Loop Trail or the Cedar Rock Trail

Description:

The trail provides views of the Blue Ridge Mountain escarpment. The ridges dividing three watersheds - Garden Creek, Widow's Creek and Bullhead Creek - can also be seen from atop Wolf Rock. Signs of old field succession are evident along the trail as it leads through areas which are predominantly pine, then mixed pine-hardwood and finally mature hardwood.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
1.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
red square