Open to the Public
Hiking / Wildflowers / Fishing / Camping / Picnicking View All
Southern Appalachian Mountains
Alleghany and Wilkes Counties
SIZE IN ACRES:
INVOLVEMENT IN ACRES:
Glade Valley, Traphill
Topographical maps are available by contacting:
NC Geographical Survey.
1612 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1612.
OWNERSHIP & ACCESS:
From 1975 through 1985, the Conservancy and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation succeeded in piecing together over 5,000 acres of what is now Stone Mountain State Park, currently the largest of our state parks.
The granite dome for which the park is named rises 600 feet above its base and is estimated to be 300 million years old. Wolf Rock and Cedar Rock, also within the park, support diverse outcrop plant communities with many uncommon moss species, such as Keever's bristlemoss. Common trees in the park include hemlock, beech, and tulip poplar. Cove hardwood forests cover the lower slopes while pine and oak forests dominate the rugged ridges.
Climbing is allowed on the south face of Stone Mountain in dry weather. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide great views of the waterfalls in the park and the surrounding terrain. The park has a showy wildflower display in the spring.
Hiking / Wildflowers / Fishing / Camping / Picnicking; Parking is available.
From the south, take US 21 (which intersects with Interstate 77 west of Elkin), turn west onto Traphill Road (SR 1002) and go about four miles to Traphill, to the John P. Frank Parkway and continue 2.5 miles to the park entrance. From the west, take NC 18 north, turn right on Traphill Road and follow it to John P. Frank Parkway.