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Latitude 36.39793
Longitude -81.05152
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Hike #049  2010 May 22

There was a small turnout today for the hike to Stone Mountain. Fortunately, all of the club members participating today arrived timely and departed the Harris Teeter lot at 7:30am.

I left the lower trailhead at 8:30am and returned to the origin at 11:55am. The hike ascended to Wolf Rock in a light rain which stopped just before I reached the top. After drying off a bit, I led the tiny group to Cedar Rock, where I took in a rather misty view of Stone Mountain. I then headed out on Black Jack Ridge trail, which offers a quieter, woodsy walk over the little-used trail that later rejoins the Cedar Rock trail for the final descent to the Stone Mountain Loop trail. Turning right on the Stone Mountain Loop trail, the HIC contingent took in the roar of Stone Mountain Falls on the way up the 20 story (300 steps) rise to the top. I spotted 3 deer getting a drink near the top of the falls. I did not see any other people out and about until I reached the summit of Stone Mountain. I stopped there and ate lunch before heading down the backside stairmaster to the starting point.

On our last visit to Stone Mountain on December 12, 2009, the club recorded 6.5 miles -- today's substitution of Black Jack Ridge would add about one half mile for a total distance of 7 miles.

I already mentioned the deer. I also encountered a friendly box turtle who was out looking for breakfast on the Black Jack Trail. I did not see any wild pigs. Despite the limited visibility due to weather, the local hawks were still out soaring which made for a majestic sight.

It was a drippy, soupy, misty kind of day, but I only used the rain coat for about 15 minutes. It was an awesome day for a hike and the entire HIC crew stopped to indulge in an ice cream cone right after leaving the state park.

Participation

1 member
0 guests

Status Name Referrer
Leader Peter

Planning

A State Park located in Wilkes County featuring the namesake 600 foot granite dome.

Park Details

3042 Frank Parkway Roaring Gap, NC 28668 336-957-8185 stone.mountain@ncparks.gov GPS: 36.3873, -81.0273

The park was formed in 1969 becoming the twelveth park in the North Carolina State Park system.[1]

Stone Mountain State Park is located in Wilkes & Alleghany counties, seven miles southwest of Roaring Gap. From south, take U.S. 21 to Traphill Rd. (SR 1002) & follow it to the John P. Frank Parkway. From west, take N.C. 18 north & turn right on Hwy. 268 east. Go three miles, turn left on Airport Rd. Go six miles to Traphill Rd, turn left. Follow Traphill Rd. about 12 miles to the John P. Frank Parkway, turn left.

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Further Reading

http://ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/stmo/main.php

References

  1. History of Stone Mountain State Park; https://www.ncparks.gov/stone-mountain-state-park/history; Accessed 2020-10-18