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Upcoming Hike on Sunday, June 9
Stone Mountain,
DuPont State Forest


Each year, Holy Hikes-WNC schedules a weekend hike in order to welcome those who work during the week or attend school. On Sunday, June 9, Father Josh Stephens and his family will lead a hike in DuPont State Forest then welcome us to a cookout at their home. Please note this hike is scheduled a week earlier than the 2024 date announced in January.  Both the hike and the cookout are open to all. Feel free to sign up for the hike only or the cookout only. However we hope you have an opportunity to participate in both activities. There is no requirement that participants be affiliated with Saint John in the Wilderness. We hope you can join us and meet a few new friends.

At 2:00pm on Sunday, June 9, Father Josh will lead us on a hike to the summit of Stone Mountain. With an elevation of 3620 feet, it is the highest peak in DuPont State Forest. This is a 2.8-mile, out-and-back hike with an elevation gain of 679 feet. It is rated Moderate (Not Easy) with some strenuous sections. This will be a challenging hike to kids or new hikers but the hike is relatively short and we will stop for breaks. The steep final climb to the summit of Stone Mountain offers a stunning 360-degree view that you won't soon forget. Hiking poles and good shoes are recommended. Dogs are allowed but must remain leashed. Please note that there will not be a scheduled convoy from the church for this hike. 


After the hike, Father Josh and his wife Rosanna invite you to return to their home located near DuPont State Forest. (Find their address in the Parish Directory.) They will host a cookout from 4:00-7:00pm. Children are welcome to swim in their pool. Well behaved dogs are allowed but must remain outside. Please sign up for the cookout when you register for the hike.

Driving Directions to the Trailhead

  • Head south on NC-225 (Greenville Highway) towards Kenmure.

  • Take a right on Little River Road just before the Post Office.

  • Travel 2.7 miles, then turn left onto Berea Church Road.

  • In 2 miles, turn left onto Crab Creek Road. 

  • In 5.9 miles, turn left onto Dupont Road.

  • In 0.8 mile, turn left onto Sky Valley Road.

  • Continue past the Guion Farm Access Parking Lot.

  • The Stone Mountain trailhead will be on your left.

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