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We took a wrong turn driving to Stone Mountain, NC
and ended up taking a winding road through several old coal mining towns (Rt 16). They felt very isolated and self-contained.
Back on route, we finally made it to Sparta, NC
a cute little mountain town, for an early check in Allegheny Inn ($101/night).
We got take-out for dinner later from Tex-Mex Riverside Cafe, Sparta, NC
and freshly made, all fruit smoothies, 1 wild berry and 1 cantaloupe. They were delicious!
Stone Mountain State Park, NC
($0) to hike the loop trail (4.5 miles, 938’ elevation). Stone Mountain State Park is home to the 600-foot granite dome that is a designated National Natural Landmark and the historic Hutchinson Homestead, a restored mid-19th-century farm situated at the mountain base. There were a ton of stairs but a beautiful hike with epic views once you get to the ridge (we are already planning to come back to watch the sun set from the top of the mountain)
After a great hike with spectacular views…
we found an empty picnic shelter with a fire already going in the chimney and had dinner by the fire. It was some of the best Latin food we’ve ever had, it felt very authentically homemade.
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