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Stone Mountain Loop Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.4 mile 7.1 kilometer loop
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 884' 269 m
Descent: -884' -269 m
High: 2,287' 697 m
Low: 1,521' 464 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

Trail rises from the picturesque stream bottoms to the lovely views at the summit of Stone Mountain.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Park Hours:
  • November - February: 7am - 7pm
  • March, April, October: 7am - 9pm
  • May - September: 7am - 10pm

Overview

One of Stone Mountain State Park's iconic trails, visitors won't want to miss a chance to tour the area on this loop. You'll be able to enjoy almost everything that the park has to offer, from streambeds to rocky summits, to everything in between.

Runner Notes

A good, even surface makes for simple running.

Description

The Stone Mountain Loop Trail follows the orange circle markings. The trail starts behind the bathrooms at the parking lot. You'll follow the creek until you head up to a clearing made by an old homestead. Take in the views then continue down the trail.

You'll make a couple of streams crossings before you get to Stone Mountain Falls. Head up the stairs and continue for a long time going uphill until you arrive at the summit. Take in the beautiful views of Appalachia from the rocky moon-like surface of the summit. The trail is marked on the rock where there are no trees. From here, continue downhill with intermittent stairs until you arrive at a road crossing. Shortly after the road, you meet up with the beginning of the loop and head back to the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

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Photos

Stone Mountain Falls.
Oct 16, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
Looking up at Stone Mountain.
Oct 19, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
The top of the falls brings beautiful views.
May 9, 2017 near Thurmond, NC
The Stone Mountain Loop Trail is a pleasant escape
Oct 27, 2016 near Thurmond, NC
A forested stream makes for a beautiful trailside companion along this section of the MST.
May 9, 2017 near Thurmond, NC
Climbing Stone Mountain.
Oct 21, 2016 near Thurmond, NC

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