Stone Mountain State Park
|Stone Mountain State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||North Carolina, United States|
|Area||14,351 acres (58.08 km2)|
|Elevation||2,305 ft (703 m)|
|Named for||Stone Mountain|
|Governing body||North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation|
The centerpiece of the park is Stone Mountain, a dome of exposed granite (specifically a quartz diorite to granodiorite) of Devonian age, which has intruded into the gneiss of the Precambrian Alligator Back Formation. It rises sharply over 600 feet (183 m) above the surrounding terrain. The mountain, which has an elevation of 2,305 feet (706 m) above sea level, is known for its barren sides and distinctive brown-gray color, and can be seen for miles. The mountain offers some of the best rock climbing in North Carolina, and the park's creeks and streams feature excellent brook trout fishing.
Museums and historic site
The mid-19th century Hutchinson Homestead includes a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house, and original furnishings. The Homestead is open Thursday through Sunday from March – October. The grounds can be visited year round.
The 1897 Garden Creek Baptist Church continues to hold services seasonally. Visitors can walk the grounds when the church is closed.
Things to do
Within the park there are numerous outdoor activities to partake in. The park has established rock climbing, hiking, and camping sites.
Nearby state parks
The following state parks are within 30 miles (48 km) of Stone Mountain State Park:
- Elk Knob State Park
- Grayson Highlands State Park, Virginia
- Mount Jefferson State Natural Area
- New River State Park
- Pilot Mountain State Park
- United States Geological Survey. "Stone Mountain State Park, USGS Glade Valley (NC) Topo Map". TopoQuest. Retrieved 2008-06-29.
- "Size of the North Carolina State Parks System". North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. January 1, 2015. Archived from the original (XLS) on 2015-10-04. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
- North Carolina Geological Survey, 1985, Geologic map of North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, scale 1:500000.
- National Park Service. "Stone Mountain: National Natural Landmark". Retrieved June 20, 2008.
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