I’ve joined a hiking group and last Thursday we took a tromp through the woods in DuPont State Recreational Forest.
“North Carolina’s first recreational state forest is located between Hendersonville and Brevard in Western North Carolina. The 10,500 acre forest is managed by the NC Forest Service. The forest contains 4 major waterfalls on the Little River, 5 lakes and 82 miles of trails and roads.”
“Stone Mountain is the highest point in the DuPont State Forest, at 3620′. Much of the top of this know is exposed granite, offering 180 degree views during the summer and nearly 360 degree views in the winter. Elevation gain on this hike is 1100′.”
Our trip started out fairly innocuous with 1.2 miles on Shoal Creek Trail.
As we turned the corner Rocky Ridge Trail took us up, up, up to the ridge. It was all up hill from there. Literally. 1.3 miles up hill.
Then came The Billy Goat Trail Stone Mountain Trail. We thought Rocky Ridge was going to be the toughest part of the climb. Um, not so much.
Yea, that is the trail. Another mile. Straight up.
And after much huffing and puffing we made it to the top!
And the View! You can see for miles and…
It took us about 2.5 hours to hike the 3.25 miles to the top and about an hour or so to get back down. The weather was perfect and I really enjoyed the day with new friends. I’ll be hiking with them again soon I think. If I can get out of bed :)
P.S. I felt fantastic the next morning :D