Stone Mountain State Park
This park not only allows enjoying the beauty of the area but also provides instruction in basic geologic concepts.
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Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait. Sunlight and shadows dance across a broad tapestry of stone. White-tailed deer emerge from the security of the forest to graze on meadow grasses at the mountain’s base. The scenery is only one attraction of the park.
Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Stone Mountain State Park. Educational materials about the park have been developed for grades 5-8 and are correlated with North Carolina’s competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Stone Mountain program introduces students to basic geologic concepts, focusing on Stone Mountain. Major concepts covered include the rock cycle, geologic time, weathering and erosion, igneous rocks, geologic processes, resource use, and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher’s booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
Also located in the park is Hutchinson Homestead. This historic site built in the mid-19th century includes a log cabin, barn, blacksmith shop, corn crib, meat house, and original furnishings. While closed during the week, the homestead is open on weekends. The park is located at 3042 Frank Parkway in Roaring Gap, North Carolina. To schedule a visit, call (336) 957-8185.
Each state park and recreation area has an EELE curriculum guide that includes on-site activities, pre- and post-visit activities, student information pages, worksheets, fact sheets, vocabulary, and references.
The North Carolina State Parks website offers a search feature for finding the plants and animals that can be found at each state park. Using the drop-down menus, you can choose a park and either an amphibian, bird, reptile, mammal, fungus, insect, or vascular plant. You can search within each group by family, scientific name, or common name. There are photographs from the state parks and fun facts for some of the species.View Larger Map