Stone Mountain Climbing

United States
December 26, 2015 3:21am CST
I am sure that I talked about this years and years ago when I traversed the trails up. Stone Mountain is a hiking park about an hour's drive away (give or take). It is a scenic location with well pretty much trails to traverse. I went several years ago with my now ex and his family. It was a nice trip, and the view was definitely worth it. The trail was around six miles long. We stopped several people who were going the opposite way from us to ask "how much longer?" The people we asked assured us it would only take a few more minutes. It ended up taking about an hour longer. We were rewarded with a few little cabins with information about the place. I can't remember the information off hand, and I have no pictures to show. My only real complaint was that I wore the wrong shoes. I wore a pair of shoes that were actually too small for me. Obviously this is something I did not realize until I started walking the trails. I came home to very sore feet that needed a good soaking and lotioning. I hope to get a few friends together and go in the future. Do you enjoy hiking? What is the longest you've hiked?
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@fishtiger58 (30689)
• Momence, Illinois
26 Dec 15
My husband and I enjoy camping, fishing, and hiking. Having the correct shoes is essential.
• United States
26 Dec 15
I have never hiked, can you believe it? Never have fished either. YEs, I should have worn the shoes around a bit before bringing them on the hike. They were an old pair that were barely worn.
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@fishtiger58 (30689)
• Momence, Illinois
26 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum Aching feet are horrible.
• United States
26 Dec 15
@fishtiger58 Especially when aching feet lead to aching ankles, and aching legs. If you don't have the right foot wear you tend to strain all of your muscles trying to remain comfortable.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
26 Dec 15
We visited Stone Mountain and climbed all the way, just like you did. I had a comfortable pair of shoes.
• United States
26 Dec 15
There are several Stone Mountain's in the world. I was at the one in North Carolina, USA. There is also one in Georgia.
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@LadyDuck (121496)
• Switzerland
26 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum I have visited both, the one in Georgia many years ago the one in North Caroline in more recent times.
• United States
26 Dec 15
@LadyDuck Which one did you like Better? I'd like to go to the one in Georgia at some point.
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• Preston, England
26 Dec 15
I have done a few long hikes including a charity one of 50 miles once which was extremely gruelling - I walk for fun many times but only in good weather - the Stone Mountain trail sounds great
• United States
26 Dec 15
I am sure you would have enjoyed it. It wasn't a very grueling hike and the scenery was just gorgeous. I've done charity walks but never hikes.
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• Preston, England
26 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum A hike to me is a long walk, with nightly sleep overs in tents or hostels - most of my walks have been one day events
• United States
28 Dec 15
I love hiking!! I hope to hike more next year! My boyfriend and I bought a county pass for hiking! We haven't went to many yet though.
@scheng1 (24948)
• Singapore
26 Dec 15
I always enjoy a hike after I have returned home and the aches are gone. During the actual hike, it is not that enjoyable, because we are thirsty, tired, and suffer from the aching legs. The worst is the return trip! We know how far we have to walk, and since there is nothing much to look forward, the return trip is always depressing! Weeks later, the hike seems more enjoyable.
• United States
26 Dec 15
The return trip seems to go abit faster atleast for me. As for the feelings after the hike I have to agree. You can also say that it helps with a more restful sleep? I've always slept better after a nice long walk.
@Platespinner (18477)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Dec 15
We've done the Stone Mountain loop trail several times. We've started from both the upper parking lot and the lower. Trying to keep up with my camp counselor oldest child going up those steps was brutal.
• United States
26 Dec 15
I *think* we started at the lower end. It's been so long that I can't rightly remember. It was my first time going but I've always meant to go back.
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
26 Dec 15
I've done New Zealand's Milton Trail & the Heysen Trail here. Was it not possible to go bare-foot at any stage?
• United States
26 Dec 15
The path changed from being mostly dirt and grass to rocks strewn about. In other areas there were man made bridges to go across. I did take my shoes off when we got to the top before going back down.
• United States
27 Dec 15
Oh, I love to hike, but unfortunately I have something going on with my left foot right now, so I can barely walk to the mailbox. I'm sorry you wore the wrong shoes, it sounds like a beautiful place. The longest I have walked was probably 5-6 miles, but it isn't the length, but the location. Like there are hiking trails at the local state park where I had hiked all the trails and I have my favorite. However, going to places where there is a lot of beauty, like Hocking Hills (Look that up, it is in SE Ohio) and the scenery is so beautiful. And the Geology in those hills are amazing, Old Man's cave (one of the places we went on our Geology trip, there is a formation with the shape of an old man's face) has all these layers and cut outs from the water, it is absolutely beautiful.