Stone Mountain State Park is a NC State Park that is located in both Alleghany and Wilkes Counties, North Carolina. It covers 13,747 acres and the stone mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain's base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park.
Of course, 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. The mountain is the best example of a monadnock in massive granite in North Carolina. It rises sharply over 600 feet above the surrounding terrain. The mountain, which has an elevation of 2,305 feet 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 there's more than 20 miles of designated trout waters. Take a hike in the park, there's more than 18 miles of trails. Designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1975, Stone Mountain is bounded on the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway and on the west by the Thurmond Chatham Game Lands.
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