Summary: This trail is a real workout, it ascends with grades from 10 - 15% constantly. But the views from the top are well worth it, to say nothing of the good cardio workout you will get. When we got to the top we found a cairn built by someone who called himself Ranger Tim, I guess he was either victorious or expired, and this is his monument. There were dozens of others scattered about, so we made one and signed it (what-else)" Rogers Rangers".
On the way down do not miss the right turn, we did and what we thought would be a short stroll to the car, turned out to be a 3.5 Mi. walk. You can combine this hike with the Three Falls Hike while your in DuPont Forest, that's the way we did it.
Trailhead: From Asheville take I-26 to exit NC-280 at Asheville Airport. Follow NC-280 to first red light in Brevard, turn Left on US-64. Continue 3.7 miles to the Texaco station in Penrose. Turn right on Crab Creek Rd and continue 4.3 miles and turn right on DuPont Rd. As the road climbs the hill, turn left on Sky Valley Rd and continue about a mile past the farmhouse to Guion parking lot on the right. Pass parking lot and continue on Sky Valley road past the steep hairpin turn and past the cottage on the right. Continue past a crest in the road, then up and over another mild crest in the road. About 1.5 miles past Guion, look for the Rocky Ridge Road sign on the left side of the Sky Valley Rd. (with a cable blocking it). Park on the shoulder of the road near this entrance. walk back cross the cable, trailhead is on the Right here several yards. (Lat:35.22192 Lon:-82.5866)
Trail Guides for Stone Mountain Hike:
North Carolina Hiking Trails (third edition)
by Allen de Hart (Appalachain Mountain Club Books.)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: NC Division of Forest Resources, 1-828-887-6527
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Steve Owen, who has posted 11 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Ged on 7/30/2007
The review by Jim on 5/19/2007 does NOT refer to this hike, but to another "Stone Mountain" located north of Wilkesboro, NC at Stone Mountain State Park. His approbation of that particular hike is correct; it is spectacular. Had he read the review, or looked at the map, perhaps he would have gotten beyond the obvious confusion caused by the identical names. The hike reviewed here is a fine hike in itself, but of the two the one at Stone Mountain State Park is far better.
Reviewed by Jim on 5/19/2007
This hike has it all. Great Views, a beautiful 200 ft waterfall, gigantic granite dome, a 19th century homestead, rhodedendron coves, excellent exercise. Then go to one of the Yadkin Valley wineries afterward to cap it off. What a way to spend the day!!
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