We are pleased to inform you that Stone Mountain State Park has been featured in 5 Perfect Fall Camping Spots in North Carolina by Step Outside! Whether you’re searching for invigorating hikes with breathtaking views or the most idyllic places to kayak in your area, Step Outside is the leader in outdoor exploration. Between spotlighting the best local shops and retailers to covering all of the outdoor recreation you can dream about, Step Outside will get you pointed in the right direction. Celebrate being outdoors and share this post with your followers! Tag us with @StepOutsideUSARead More
Race 50 miles from Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock
Four hundred spots are available for the Pilot Mountain to Hanging Rock Ultra marathon, where runners choose between 50K or 50-mile distances to race through the woods from one beautiful state park to another. The long-distance stretch is a unique way to tour Pilot Mountain State Park and trails leading to Hanging Rock State Park. Make it to the finish line for a celebration with great food, cold beer and live music for your friends and family. Are you up for the ultra challenge? While you’re in the area for the race, take a drive through Mayberry or go on a zip line adventure.Read More
Hanging Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.
Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.Read More
Chimney Rock brings the best of the mountains together in one place. Experience a thrill of accomplishment by hiking our 499-step Outcroppings trail to the 315-foot Chimney Rock, where you'll see amazing 75-mile views of Hickory Nut Gorge, Lake Lure and the Carolina Piedmont. With several unique hiking trails, the Park has something for everyone, from the family-friendly Great Woodland Adventure Trail with 12 interactive discovery stations to the adventurous Four Seasons Trail which climbs more than 400 feet. Catch your breath at Devil’s Head and the Opera Box on a hike to Exclamation Point, where you'll experience panoramic views of the 14-mile Hickory Nut Gorge. Head up even higher along the Skyline Trail, which features the Park’s highest lookout, Peregrine’s Point, at 2,640 feet. You’ll meander through lush dense forest on this trek before reaching the upper cascades of the Park’s 404-foot waterfall. Be sure to hike the Hickory Nut Falls trail, one of the highest in the East. Kids love the Animal Discovery Den, where they can meet live animal educators.