Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, NC

Date of Stay:  Thursday June 8 – Sunday June18, 2017 (10 nights)

Rate:  $23/ night during week; $27/night weekends and holidays

Website: Stone Mountain State Park (NC)
   3042 Frank Parkway
   Roaring Gap, NC 28668

Description:  (Follow directions on the website due to steep and curvy roads on Oklahoma Road.) Located in the northwest corner of NC about an hour from Winston Salem, this State Park has several miles of great hiking and a Parkway road that has a creek running along beside it.  The campground even has a creek running through the middle of it.  It also has paved roads throughout. Loop A is the old part of the cg with small gravel sites and no hookups. Loop C has paved sites but no hookups.  Loop A is where we stayed (sites 76 and 67) and it has level, paved sites with W/E 50A.  Absolutely NO Verizon reception, however, so no phone or internet!  Other than that, it’s a great place.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpsters located near the dump station as you exit the cg.  Currently no recycle in the cg, but I did find some bins at the trail head parking lots that take aluminum cans.

Activities:  I enjoyed several hikes; one to Stone Mountain Falls, another to the Summit of Stone Mountain, and yet another to Wolf Rock/Cedar Rock.  The views were beautiful!  We rode along the parkway and stopped at a few pull offs along the creek.  Gin was able to walk to Widow’s Creek Falls and also spent a bit of time at the Hutchinson Homestead (log home and barns built in the 1850’s) which is at the base of the huge granite dome of Stone Mountain.  We saw at least one deer per day here.  We drove over to Mount Airy about an hour away one day to eat at Snappy Lunch.  It is Andy Griffiths’ home town and the downtown area is all about nostalgia.

Site 76  On site 76
On site 76
View from the patio of site 76  Big Sandy Creek runs through the cg
View from the patio of 76                           Big Sandy Creek in the cg
On site 67  On site 67
On site 67

Display at the VC  Display at the VC
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Wilkes County has a history of moonshining  Gin rubs bear's nose
Displays at the Visitor Center

Going down  Hike to Stone Mountain FallsGoing up
Lots of steps (300 or more) on the way to Stone Mountain Falls
From the top of Stone Mountain Falls  Stone Mountain Falls  Stone Mountain Falls
From the top                         People enjoy the cool pool at the base of the 200 foot waterfall

View from one of the outcroppings  Summit is in sight!
Views on the way to the summit
Lots of switchbacks because it's steep  Stone Mountain Summit 2305 feet
Switchbacks at the steep parts                     Summit at 2305 ft elevation
Beautiful views!!  Views!
Not alone at the summit…                             Beautiful views!
Views!  View from my quiet lunch rock
Views!!                                              View from my lunch rock!!

Wolf Rock Trail  View from Wolf Rock
Wolf Rock Trail leads to another nice view
View from Cedar Rock  Cedar Rock Trail
Cedar Rock has nice views and the trail

Gin at the homestead  Original log house from 1855
Blacksmith shop and corn crib  Hutchinson Homestead at the base of the mountain
Hutchinson Homestead at the base of Stone Mountain
Nice view of Stone Mountain from a bench at the barn  View of Stone Mountain near Hutchinson Homestead
Gin enjoys the views… we actually saw three people rappelling down the rock face

Gin along the creek beside the Pkwy  Garden Creek Baptist Church on Frank Pkwy
Gin creek side along the parkway            Garden Creek Baptist Church on the pkwy

Widow's Creek Falls  Widow's Creek Falls  Gin at Widow's Creek Falls
Widow’s Creek Falls

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