3042 Frank Parkway
Roaring Gap, NC 28668
GPS: 36.3873, -81.0273
Education and Events: Park rangers offer regularly scheduled educational
and interpretive programs at the park. Contact the park office to arrange a
special exploration of Stone Mountain State Park for your group.
Educational materials about the park have been developed for grades 5-8
and are correlated to North Carolina’s curriculum. The Stone Mountain State
Park program introduces students to basic geologic concepts including the
rock cycle, geologic time, weathering and erosion, igneous rocks, geologic
processes, resource use and stewardship.
Camping: Campsites for tents and recreational vehicles include a
tent pad, table and firering/grill. Drinking water and washhouses
are nearby. Some sites have water/electric hookups. A dump station is located near the contact station for use by registered campers only.
The campground and washhouses are open year-round. There is a fee for
camping and a limit of six persons per site. Reservations are encouraged.
Park gates are locked daily at posted closing hours. Please contact the park
office or visit the website for more information about Group camping
and Backpack camping.
Trails: Stone Mountain State Parks offers a variety of
experiences for hikers, with moderate to strenuous trails.
There is also a five-mile bridle trail. All visitors with horses
must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia.
Hikers should stay on designated trails and exercise caution as waterfalls
and steep, rocky terrain may create hazardous and slippery conditions.
Picnicking: 75 individual picnic sites and three large picnic shelters
offer tables, grills, drinking water and restrooms. The shelters may
be reserved for a fee. A short trail connects to the main loop trail
to provide access to a waterfall and Stone Mountain’s summit.
Rock climbing is permitted in designated areas on the cliffs of
Stone Mountain. Participants are responsible for their own personal
safety, including securing proper training and equipment and
adhering to safe practices. All climbers must register and possess a valid
permit. A self-registration box is located at the climbing area. Contact the
park office for additional climbing rules.
Fishing: More than 20 miles of park streams are designated trout
waters. For season dates and regulations for each type of trout
water, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Regulations
of the WRC are enforced throughout the park. Bullhead and Rich Mountain
creeks are strictly catch and release and are open for fishing year round.
A special fishing permit is required for this area and may be purchased at
the Bullhead Creek parking area.
Stone Mountain State Park is located in Wilkes & Alleghany counties, seven miles southwest of Roaring
Gap. From south, take U.S. 21 to Traphill Rd. (SR 1002) &
follow it to the John P. Frank Parkway. From west, take
N.C. 18 north & turn right on Hwy. 268 east. Go three
miles, turn left on Airport Rd. Go six miles to Traphill
Rd, turn left. Follow Traphill Rd. about 12 miles to the
John P. Frank Parkway, turn left.
North Carolina State Parks are open every day, with the
exception of Christmas Day. Park hours vary with the seasons.
Please visit the North Carolina State Park website or contact the park office for the most current information about
seasonal hours, activities, alerts, camping fees, programs
rules and weather.
Make a reservation online at ncparks.gov
or call 1-877-722-6762.