Roaring Gap, North Carolina is home to vineyards, golf courses, log cabins, and Stone Mountain State Park. To find out why the state park is one of the areas most visited destinations, hop inside of the post.
Stone Mountain Park was established in 1975 and is one of the largest state parks in all of North Caroline. It spans over 14,000 acres.
One of its most popular features is a large granite dome in the center of the park that rises about 600 feet from the surrounding terrain. At the top of the dome, visitors can expect to find stunning views of everything in the nearby area, including the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because of the amount of granite on-site, Stone Park Mountain was listed as a National Natural Landmark in the 1970s.
Like any other outdoor mountain area, there is a variety of recreational activities to enjoy during your visit.
At Stone Mountain, guests can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, and camping.
There are 20 miles of hiking trails, all ranging in difficulty. The main trail is 4 1/2 miles long and goes right by great views of Blue Ridge Mountain.
All of the trails go past several waterfalls. The largest one, Stone Mountain Falls, is 200 ft. tall.
Stone Mountain is a popular climbing destination. However, it is not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by someone more experienced. The park does not supply climbers with materials or staff to watch over the climb.
Before you head out, stop by the front office to sign a waiver and let the park know when you are going to climb, which route you plan to take, and when you expect to be back by. That way they know who is out there at all times.
The best time for rock climbing is during the Spring and Fall. This is because the granite dome is south facing and it’s too hot to climb during the Summer months.
The streams are packed with miles and miles of trout, making Stone Mountain an excellent place to go fishing.
Spend several days in the park and camp on grounds. Stop at the visitor’s center on the way in to get a map of the property and to sign up for a campsite. If you have an RV, there are RV campsites available as well.
While you’re in the visitor’s center, find out how you can tour a restored mountain home and see what it would’ve been like for somebody living out there in the 1800s.