Stone Mountain State Park Hiking Trails: Stone Mountain State Park is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain’s base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park. Test your fly-fishing techniques in more than 20 miles of designated trout waters. Or, with more than 18 miles of trails, take a hike in the park. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands. More than 14,200 acres of mountain beauty offer opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds.
Directions from Boone: Take 421 South out of downtown for 26 miles. Turn left onto NC-16 N. Turn right onto Pleasant Home Church Rd. Turn left onto Mountain Valley Church Rd. Continue straight to stay on Mountain Valley Church Rd. Turn right onto NC-18 S/Sparta Rd. Turn left onto Yellow Banks Rd. Turn left onto Traphill Rd. Turn left onto John P Frank Pkwy.