We’re going to, once again, start with some points of interest. Our first? Stone Mountain State Park, which spreads across both Alleghany and Wilkes Counties. Stone Mountain, with an elevation of 2,305 feet, is know for both rock climbing and trout fishing, and is considered a National Natural Landmark. The East Prong of the Roaring River runs through this area, and we found a lot of information at this link from Fly Fish Magazine.
Another notable point of interest is Doughton Park, which is a 6000 acres recreational area on the Blue Ridge Parkway between mile markers 238.5 and 244.7. Located near Sparta, NC, Doughton Park offers 7 hiking trails, one leading to the summit of Bluff Mountain. Please note: facilities such as the Visitors Center are only open May through October. The following photo, from Victor Ellison Fine Art and Photography, shows an old school trail marker that the BRP use, located in Doughton Park. Victor can also be found on Facebook
Alleghany is also home to a trail we were unfamiliar with: The Evergreen Trail! This is a network of twelve choose and cut tree farms, including the Reeves Ridge Christmas Tree Farm, who we had on our roundup back in December. Reeves Ridge can also be found on Facebook.