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Aug012012

Stone Mountain State Park

Description

Stone Mountain State Park consists of over 15,000 acres. The park is bordered to the north by the Blue Ridge Parkway, and by Thurmond Chatham Game Land to the west. Elevations in the park range from 1,900 feet to around 3,500 feet. The park's main feature is a 600 foot granite dome and approximately 17 miles of designated trout waters. Along these trout waters you might see a Belted Kingfisher or hear the song of a Louisiana Waterthrush. Forests dominated by chestnut oak cover the slopes of the park's rock-faces, while scarlet and black oaks, red maple, hickory, white pine and dogwood populate the woodlands. The understory is made up of blueberry, rhododendron and mountain laurel. Small, slow-growing pines and cedar fringe the rock, while mats of lichens, mosses and small ferns grow on areas of open, exposed granite. Along the Stone Mountain Loop Trail you will pass through these different community types. A variety of woodpeckers inhabit the area, including Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers, and Northern Flicker. Also be on the lookout for Scarlet Tanager, Whip-poor-will, Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Whip-poor-will, Scarlet Tanager

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, rocky outcrop, river/stream

Access and Parking

The park is open from 8am to 6pm, November - February; 8am to 7pm, March, October; 8am to 8pm, April, May, September; 8am to 9pm, June - August.

Directions

From Elkin, follow US 21 North approximately 12 miles. Turn left on Traphill Road, then right on John P. Frank Parkway to the park entrance

Google Directions

Delorme Gazetteer Page

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Bird List

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