Small mountain of a single rock much like Ayers Rock in Australia. It is built up as a tourist attractions which includes:
A large Rushmore type carving of famous Confederate Generals
A cable car to the top
A train that runs around the mountain
A River boat ride
A 1880 town.
you can pay for each of these seperate or you can pay one price for an armband which gives you access to all the attractions.
Stone Mountain has a great lasar show. It beams lights on the side of the mountain. The mountain has carving of Georgia history.
Try to get there early and bring blankets, just make it a picnic.
Also, there are train rides around the park and boats tours. The park could easily be a mini vacation in itself.
Stone Mountain and the Laser Show are a must-see if you are visiting Atlanta.
I spent my teen years in Atlanta and the laser show was a summer ritual.
I have visited again after 15 years and the laser show has become much more patriotic, perhaps since 9/11.
One thing missing:
Southerners hooting "The South'll rise again" with rebel yells.
Did the 1996 Olympics drag Atlanta into the 20th/21st Century?
You'll see the carving of Forrest, Jackson, and Lee and perhaps wonder why?
If you aren't a southern native, good question.
A travel companion noted that the carving is small on such a large mound of granite and you don't realize the scope and size of the carving because of it.
Perhaps it is fitting: In the great scheme of things, the Confederacy took a small place in our great country...
Stone Mountain is about 16 miles east of Atlanta and one of the most popular places to visit. The park is a mini-theme park with exhibits, films and restored architecture from the pre Civil War era. The mountain itself has a striking sculpture of the heroes of the Confederacy. Many locals come here to jog the one mile trail to the top of Stone Mountain as well.
For more information, feel free to visit my Stone Mountain State Park page.
Stone Mountain Village is a weird place - it's a small theme park based around Stone Mountain. Stone Mountain itself is the biggest exposed mass of granite in the world (according to it's own website!). It is quite a size.
On the side of the mountain is a carving - very impressive, however somewhat disturbing in my mind as it's been a focal point for different peoples for many thousand years - why should we spoil natures beauty - guess I'm just being a little narky this evening! But like I said it is still quite impressive.
For more information about Stone Mountain, visit the website below.
The main feature of Stone Mountain is the carving of three leaders of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. However, each evening when the sun goes down there is quite a light show. The laser show features lighted figures on the side of the mountain, music and fireworks. It tends to be a bit overly patriotic at times but is still a good show. Admission is free but there is a $7 parking fee per automobile at the park entrance.
These days people come to Stone Mountain for the amusement park stuff or to see the laser show in the evening. But it has an interesting history. It was owned in the early 20th Century by a man who was active in the Ku Klux Klan and was the site of burning crosses and be-sheeted rallies. The carving was done as a Confederate Memorial (it features Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson and is the largest relief sculpture in the world. The "mountain" is the largest granite outcropping in the world and the stone it sits on extends for miles. It is a beautiful park and the amusements are great for kids. The photo is from the top of the mountan, reachable by walking or cable car. I went down to the end of the rainbow and sure enough, I found a pot of gold!
you pay 6 bucks for car load to get in the park, and there is plenty to see and do! there is great golfing,swimming,fishing,amusement park,biking or jogging, and museums. i suggest hiking up the mountain, its good excise and theres a beautiful view at the top, and if you take your kids, theyll be sleep before you return to your hotel. the laser light and fireworks show at the end of the night is pretty cool too, except for the part when they glorify some civil war tratiors and make it appear that they quit fighting because they got tired of seeing bloodshed, when the plain thruth is they just got their butts kicked!
Stone Mountain is the largest piece of exposed granite in the world. It is around 400+ feet high, and if you can make it all the way to the top, you get a sweeping view of the Atlanta skyline. If you're lazy, you can take the sky lift. It's not just a giant rock, but also an amusement park. There are water parks, so during the summer you can swim, boat, & fish. There's also a theme train that goes around the mountain, picnic areas, and there are also festivals & events held here from time to time. There is also one of the largest carvings in the world on the mountain, a tribute to the Confederate heroes, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. Prehistoric people once lived on the mountain, and there are rare mosses found nowhere else in the world. Furthermore there's a lot of wildlife in the park - once while walking down a seculded forest trail, I remember seeing a rattlesnake here - so watchout!
This is the site of the largest outcropping of Granite in the USA.
There is a large sculpture on the side of the rock. it is of 3 Confederate Generals on horses. It is in rememberance of the Civil War.
In the night time they have a gorgeous laser show.
Stone Mountain Park, 20 minutes outside of Atlanta, features 3,200 acres of lakes, wildlife, hiking possibilities and plum picnic spots. Tour the restored antebellum plantation or ride the lift to the top of the mountain. You can't miss the monumental three-acre sculpture of Confederate leaders etched into the side of the granite mountain. The night-time laser show also is well worth the drive.
Stone Mountain Park U.S. Hwy 78 to Stone Mountain Exit
General Lee and his comrades carved into the stone side of a mountain! Very tedious and amazing artwork to say the least.
Best time to visit Stone Mountain is near dusk, where a laser light show takes place! Images dance and change to the music.
There is a sky lift which will take you to the summit, where you will find a historical museum. Another must see is the Antebellum Plantation and farm!
Current admission is:
ADULT $23.00 plus tax
CHILD $17.00 plus tax
$7.00 per car parking.
In addition to the magnificent carving on the mountain, the park offers:
Crossroads - takes you back in time
Great Barn - full of kids' activities
Scenic Railraod - a 5 mile trip around the base
Mountaintop Skylift - a great place to view the carvings.
Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard - original buildings
Scarlett O'Hara River Boat - a short cruise
Stone Mountain Museum - exhibits
Antique Car and Treasure Museum
Lasershow Spectacular - at night
The Skylift at Stone Mountain Park.
Swiss-made cable cars take you for a breathtaking ride past the magnificent carving to the mountain's summit. Rising over 825 feet above the surrounding plain, the top of the mountain offers guests fantastic views of Atlanta and The North Georgia countryside. (Yes...I tooke this from the brochure)
The Lasershow at Stone Mountain. This a photo I took during the show.
Dazzling, colorfull laser beams, projected onto the north face of the mountain are choreographed to popular tunes in this 50-minute, fantasy-filled production. Shown nightly May through Labor Day and weekends through October, the Lasershow is a family entertainment spectacular that has delighted millions.