Before this trip, I had never ventured to Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina (although I once briefly visited one with the same name in Georgia). Joe and I made a day-trip, which gave me my photo for Day 8 of Project 365. We were amazed upon arrival with the numbers of roaming deer. Although the deer had no problem coming right up to the car, I later discovered that they were quite frightened of people (the irony…) We took the Stone Mountain Trail loop, a 4.5 mile adventure, that included a mile hike along the river and view of the 200ft plunge of Stone Mountain Falls in the first stretch. The icicles along the river, covering rocks and hanging from limbs, made the cold more than bearable.
Ice against Movement
Looking down the stream
Taking a photo of taking a photo
Forms of water: frozen above liquid
Stone Mountain Falls
Not only was the river and waterfall photo-friendly, the later trek up the single huge rock (Stone Mountain) proved enjoyable, and the views incredibly rewarding. We deemed the name – seemingly silly at first, given that any mountain is made of stone – to be appropriate after all for this “Mountain of One Stone”.
Looking up at Stone Mountain
A couple strolls through the cold
Path to the mountains
Father and son at the mountain’s edge