Stone Mountain State Park is located near Roaring Gap, North Carolina, and covers more than 13,000 acres. The park covers areas of forested wilderness, valleys and plains, as well as Stone Mountain itself, a large 600-foot dome dating back to prehistoric times. The park is open all year. There are many activities at the park, most of them for low or no cost.
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Stone Mountain State Park has 88 campsites for nightly and extended rental. All sites can accommodate tents and RV vehicles and have water and 50-amp electric hookups. Each campsite also has a fire pit, grill and picnic table and there are clean restrooms with showers located within walking distance of every site. Stone Mountain has a number of group sites that can accommodate up to 20 people. These are only available at certain times, so be sure to contact the park in advance.
Stone Mountain State Park has educational tours available for schools and families throughout the year. Tours are guided by a park ranger and include discussions on Stone Mountain and its origins, as well as basic geological concepts, such as rock cycles, weathering and erosion. There is no cost for these tours, but they do need to be scheduled in advance.
Day Trip Accomodations
There are over 75 picnic tables throughout the park. Picnic tables are free, and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Each picnic site has a water fountain, grill and trash can. There are restrooms within walking distance of all picnic sites. Several covered shelters are available for rental as well. These must be reserved in advance. There is also a short hiking trail, which leads to a small waterfall and Stone Mountain’s summit.
There are several rock climbing locations in Stone Mountain that are open to the public. All climbers must register with the park to obtain a permit, at no cost. Beginners are discouraged from climbing without the aid of an experienced climber. Climbers are responsible for their own safety, including training and bringing proper equipment. While climbing is open to the public, climbers must schedule desired climbing times with the park.
Stone Mountain State Park has over 20 miles of designated streams for fishing. The fishing zones are divided into several areas. These include a catch-and-release-only section, which is a year-round fishing area that limits rod and reel types. A special fishing permit must be obtained for this area which can be purchased at the Bullhead Creek parking area. There are also several areas that allow catch-and-capture, however only single-hook artificial lures may be used.
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