Stone Mountain State Park – Stone Mountain Loop Trail

We hiked Stone Mountain State Park as part of our adventures with completing the North Carolina State Park Passport Program. After an early morning visit to the park’s Widow’s Falls and the previous day’s hiking at Hanging Rock State Park we decided we could go for a bit more.

We headed out on the Stone Mountain Loop trail which took us first to the Hutchinson Homestead and stunning views of Stone Mountain where we saw people climbing right up the side of the mountain (my kids were very impressed by this).

According to the website “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.

Next we detored a bit to see “Middle Falls” Waterfall.

We then continued on the Stone Mountain Loop trail to the 200 foot Stones Falls Waterfall.

The waterfall was quite impressive but we decided against climbing the stairs to the top.

Overall, the park was great – the hiking was a bit challenging (a lot of uphill and stairs) and we are planning a trip back since we didn’t have the energy to REALLY get a feel for the trails. There are A LOT of interesting things to see along the way. This weekend was cold and everything was covered in ice which was cool to see.

Another exciting thing of note is that the Mountains-to-Sea trail runs through here and we received our very first stamp for hiking a state trail. 🙂

Until the next adventure…………………….

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