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The Bridle Trail(Horseback Riding)is OPEN.
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The Bridle Trail(Horseback Riding)is open.
Area Campgrounds - When our campground is full you may try these area campgrounds... Doughton Park– Blue Ridge Pkwy MP 241, 336-372-8877; A & C Campground– two miles south of Sparta, 336-372-7905; New River State Park- Laurel Springs, 336-982-2587; Miller’s Camping– Blue Ridge Pkwy MP 247, 336-359-2828; Cedar Rock Campground-Traphill, 336-957-8643.
Updated: 2015-05-26 10:38:11
Located on more than 14,100 acres in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, Stone Mountain State Park offers
cascading waterfalls and cool mountain streams, quiet forests abundant with wildlife, scenic hiking trails
and a historic mountain homestead.
One of the park's most spectacular features is Stone Mountain, a 600-foot granite dome. This magnificent
feature is part of a 25-square-mile pluton, an igneous rock formed beneath the earth's surface by molten
lava. Over time, wind, water and other forces gradually eroded the softer layers of rock atop the granite
block and exposed the outcrop we see today. Wet weather springs continually carve troughs in the granite as
water runs down the mountain's sloping face.
Established in 1969 and designated a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded by the
Blue Ridge Parkway and the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands.
Long before becoming a state park, Stone Mountain was settled by families of English, German, Irish, French
and Scotch-Irish descent who built the log homes, farms, mills, churches and schools needed for
Facilities in and near the park provide a look into the history of the area:
- Mountain Culture Exhibit: Located at the park office, this exhibit tells the story of how the
independent mountain settlers provided shelter, food and clothing for their families.
- Hutchinson Homestead: Complete with a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house and
original furnishings, visit this farm that was built in the mid-19th century. Restored in 1998, the
homestead is representative of the lives of early settlers in the area.
- Garden Creek Church: Garden Creek Baptist Church is located on the bank of the East Prong of the
Roaring River. Established in 1897, the building is one of the few original churches in Wilkes County
that has not undergone any major repairs or remodeling.