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Spring Camping Trip to Stone Mountain State Park - May 20-22, 2011

Destination and Directions

  • Stone Mountain State Park
    • 3042 Frank Parkway, Roaring Gap, NC 28668
    • GPS: 36.3873, -81.0273
    • Phone: (336) 957-8185
  • The park is a 2.5-hour drive from Chapel Hill.  It is located in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, between Wilkesboro and Mt. Airy, seven miles southwest of Roaring Gap.
    • From I-77 North, take Exit #83/Hwy 21 North/ Sparta/Roaring Gap (you will exit from the left lane). 
    • Go north about 13 miles to Traphill Road/ State Road 1002, (you will see a brown state park sign) and turn left. 
    • Go about 4 miles to John P Frank Parkway (you will see a brown state park sign) and turn right. 
    • Follow the parkway to the park.
  • Link to ZIP archive containing PDF info files: one-page trip overview sheet, slides from Pack meeting presentation, driving directions maps, and camp site map.
  • Links to PDF documents with driving directions from Google and the N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
  • Link to more info about Stone Mountain State Park

Equipment & Supplies Needed 

  • Items for outing: usual car-camping gear
  • Each person must have:
    • plate, cup and utensils for eating (no paper goods or extras will be available on site)
    • daypack
    • reusable water bottle
  • Each family brings food for Friday potluck dinner.
  • Reminder: Pack’s meals can be supplemented with your favorites or to suit your needs.
  • Please bring a camp stove if you have one, and join the breakfast cooks on Sunday morning.
  • As always, please ask any of the leaders if you need packing help or advice.


  • Agenda notes
    • Check in:  All campers must arrive NO LATER THAN 8:00 PM. 
    • Camp sites:  Eleven sites reserved (sites 4-13 and 15 on A loop). The sites are drive-to campsites. Each site has a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring / grill, and can accommodate 2 tents or a total of 6 people. The sites will be filled first-come, first-served; Bret Johnson will be able to help navigate. Nearby amenities include drinking water and a washhouse with hot showers. 
    • Saturday afternoon activities will take place as small groups based on interest (not all together). Options include:
      • Hutchison Homestead
        • Complete with a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corncrib, meat house and original furnishings, visit this farm that was built in the mid-19th century. Restored in 1998, the homestead is representative of the lives of early settlers in the area.
      • Other exhibits & historic sites
        • Ranger station
        • Mountain Culture Exhibit: Located at the park office, this exhibit tells the story of how the independent mountain settlers provided shelter, food and clothing for their families.
        • Garden Creek Church: Garden Creek Baptist Church is located on the bank of the East Prong of the Roaring River. Established in 1897, the building is one of the few original churches in Wilkes County that has not undergone any major repairs or remodeling.
      • Hiking / Stream exploration
      • Fishing – BYO equipment, license, tags
View of Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain - Spring Time View

Hiking in Stone Mountain State Park

Hutchison Homestead

Water Falls at Stone Mountain