State: North Carolina
Address 1: 3042 Frank Parkway
City: Roaring Gap
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 94
Full Hook: Yes
Stone Mountain 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.
Family camping: Just past the park office, a turnoff leads to the family campground where 88 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles are located on two loop roads. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring / grill. Drinking water and a washhouse with hot showers is located nearby. Electric and water hookups are located on some sites and a dump station for use by registered RV campers is adjacent to the campground. The campground is open year round.
Group camping: Four group sites are available for a fee by reservation only. Each site will accommodate 25 people. Each site has a fire ring, grill, 2 picnic tables, water and pit toilets.
Backpack camping: Six backpack camping sites are located along Widow’s Creek. The trailhead leading to the sites is located in the backpack parking lot. Distance to the sites ranges from 1.5 to 3 miles from the trailhead. All supplies must be packed to the camping area, and minimum impact camping procedures should be followed. Backpack camping is by permit only with a maximum of six people per site. Self register at the backpack camping parking lot.
More than 20 miles of park streams are designated trout waters. Rainbow and brown trout dominate the lower parts of the streams while brook trout inhabit the higher, cooler stretches of water. Garden, Widow’s and Big Sandy creeks are Wild Trout Waters where only single hook artificial lures may be used.
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.