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Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Stone Mountain Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 3,273 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Virginia and is managed by the Forest Service.

Description

The Stone Mountain Wilderness is a tract of remote forest land adjacent to the North Fork of the Powell River in Lee County. The steep south-facing scarp of Stone Mountain provides outstanding views of Powell Mountain across the Powell River, which is famous for its rich populations of freshwater mussels. The slopes of Stone Mountain are forested with tulip trees (yellow poplar), red maple, and several species of oak.

The Stone Mountain Trail (FT #207) provides access for hikers and hunters, following the crest of the mountain amid giant boulders and sheer cliffs. The trail is connected to an adjacent developed recreation area at Cave Springs. Trail information is available on National Geographic-Trails Illustrated Map # 793 (Clinch Ranger District).

Stone Mountain Wilderness is managed by the U.S. Forest Service as a part of the Clinch Ranger District of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.

Planning to Visit the Stone Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Stone Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.