Roaring Gap, NC
Stone Mountain is located in Roaring Gap, NC and well worth the trip if you're ever near the area. My friend Jeff and his son were talking about getting into hiking and mentioned the area so I took them up on the offer for a Sunday trek into the woods. The map indicated a strenuous hike however I think it depends on how you travel on the loop. I let Jeff decide how he wanted to travel and I think it was a good decision.
From the parking area you immediately follow a trail that branches left and right. Left leads up to the summit in a rather quick fashion with a load of stairs and probably where the strenuous portion comes into play. We chose right and followed a beautiful clear stream. We had a lot of rain recently but even so the water was crystal clear and the area is well known for trout fishing. I can see why. After about a half mile or so of a gently rolling trail, it opens to a vista of the mountain itself at the Hutchinson Homestead. This place would definitely take you back in time.