3042 Frank Pkwy, Roaring Gap, NC 28668, USA
Stone Mountain State Park, North CarolinaRising out of dense forest in North Carolina are massive granite outcroppings: stone mountains. Solid, dramatic, and rounded, you can walk down the curve until it's so steep you will fall off if you're not careful, like walking around on a giant football. The Blue Ridge Parkway passes just to the west, and looks down onto this landscape. Cabins can be rented in the area. The park's campground is spacious and well equipped with a store, nice restrooms, and a museum. Falls arising from springs on the mountaintop are dramatic and dangerous. It's possible to walk over the top of Stone Mountain, down it into an old homestead and be back to the campground in a couple of hours. Best viewed in October when the hardwood forests are in full autumn splendor.