Hanging Rock Summit

Distance – 2.6 Miles (out and back)

Elevation Change – 300 feet

Highest Point – 2100 feet

Hike Rating – Moderate

GPS – 36.396019 -80.226086

To get to Stone Mountain State Park from I-77 take exit 83 which is NC21 North Sparta & Roaring Gap. Once on NC21 North follow it for 13 miles to Traphill Road (aka State Road 1002) and turn left. There is a brown state park sign at this intersection. Proceed 4 miles on SR1002 to John P Frank Parkway and turn right. There is another brown state park sign at this intersection. Follow the parkway to Stone Mountain Park. This is a drive of about 2.0 miles. The visitors center will be on the right and it is worth stopping in if for nothing else than registering and getting a trail map. To get to the trailhead parking area, continue on the entrance road until you come to the large parking area on the left. There are facilities here and the trailh