Hike to Wolf Rock and Cedar Rock
North Carolina › Stone Mountain Loop Trail
Added by Elyse Clark
- Distance: 3 mile loop
- Elevation gain: 400'
- Two overlooks at large granite outcrops
- Awesome view of Stone Mountain
- Great place for a picnic
This easy 3.0 mile hike begins at the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot at Stone Mountain State Park and includes a 400' ascent to two granite outcrops with nice views. This hike can be combined with the Stone Mountain Loop hike for a 6.5 mile strenuous hike.
From the parking lot, walk towards the stream by the bathrooms to take the Stone Mountain Loop Trail. After 0.2 miles, intersect the Wolf Rock Trail and turn right to follow the red square-blazed trail. Climb for 0.6 miles up to an open-forest ridge with a stone wall on the left. This dirt path leads to an unmarked intersection after 0.9 miles. Turn right to go to Wolf Rock, a very large and long (at least 500 feet long) outcrop with views to the west towards Doughton Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Return to the unmarked intersection and turn right. Pass an old ruined cabin on the right and shortly after you'll come to an intersection of the Wolf Rock (trail terminus), Cedar Rock, and Black Jack Ridge Trails. Turn left to go on the red circle-blazed trail, which quickly emerges onto the east-facing Cedar Rock. From here there are great views of Stone Mountain towering above you.
Follow the blazes (painted on the rock) back into the woods and descend to another trail intersection. Turn left at this intersection, which will descend back down to the Stone Mountain Loop Trail at the Hutchinson Homestead. Take a left and follow the trail (orange circle blazes) back to the Lower Trailhead Parking Lot, or turn right to combine this hike with the Stone Mountain Loop Hike.
- Hiking shoes
- Snacks or a picnic
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easy and unique
I walked this trail not too long ago and found the mountain to be very unique. I enjoyed the sleek and steep look of the bare rock and many photo opportunities along the way. For such an easy hike this was very rewarding
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