Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC

Driving home after our first trip to Stone Mountain State Park near Roaring Gap,  NC I was trying to figure out why we had never been to this fabulous campground in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. It wasn't until a week later that I realized: there are so many great places to camp, all within a 3-hour drive from home, in Charlotte, it takes time to check that campsite box.

Straddling Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain is a massive granite dome that looms over the 13,747 acre park which is bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway to the north and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands to the west. The park was established in 1969 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975 by the National Park Service.

Just the facts:

  • Camping: There are 90 campsites for tents and RVs located on three different loops. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table, and fire pit. Drinking water and two bathhouses with hot showers are available. Electric and water hookups are located on some sites and a dump station for registered RV campers is adjacent to the campground. The campground and bathhouses are open year round.
  • Hiking Trails: There are more than 18 miles of trails that visit Stone Mountain summit, water falls, a historic homestead, dramatic overlooks and trout streams ranging in difficulty from moderate to strenuous.
  • Rock Climbing: Climbing is permitted in designated areas on the cliffs of Stone Mountain. Because of the dangers of rock climbing and rappelling, climbing is not recommended for beginners unless they are accompanied by an experienced climber. Climbers must register at the Visitors center.
  • Fishing: There are more than 20 miles of streams designated trout waters. Rainbow and brown trout dominate the lower parts of the streams while brook trout inhabit the higher, cooler stretches of water.

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