This is really cool, take a cable car to the top of the mountain and you will be rewarded with some great views. The line do move pretty quick, you may stand in line around this time of year for about 30-45 minutes. They smash a whole bunch of people in one and send it away. Photo opps are good if you get on quick a stake your spot, so edge your way as close as you can when they stage the group of people your with and you might get lucky. The ride itself only last about 30 seconds or so. The funny thing is on the way down they don't tend to fill them all the way up like they pack em' in on the way up so if you miss the photo opp on the way up you might have a better chance on the way down.
Take a relaxing riverboat ride around the lake on the Scarlett O'Hara the ride is about 30 minutes or so and has some really nice views so you may want to take your camera. We got up to the front of the boat and that had some nice breezes and you don't get wet, although on a hot day that may not be a bad thing. The line was only about 10 or so minutes wait.
There are so many ways to view the carving but one of the best ways in right in front of it. There is a beautiful lawn and fountain at the base of the mountain, this is a really clean park and it has rules. This is also where everyone comes to stake out their land when it starts getting dark because the Laser show will be starting. You always want the best spot so get there early if you are staying for the show, it starts around 9:30pm and people start grabbing spots around 7:30 to 8:00.
Here are some close up view from the cable car. Who is on the mountain you may ask, Ill share with you, Jefferson Davis he is in front, Robert E. Lee in the middle and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson in the back. The carving is the largest high-relief sculpture in the world and measures 76 ft high by 160 ft wide that is measured from the tip of Robert E. Lee's sword to the top of his head.
the main attaction of stone mountain is the confederate memorial sculpted on the west side of the mountain. work began on the monument in 1923 but it was not finished until 1972. the carving depicts jefferson davis, robert e. lee, and stonewall jackson. the stone mountain memorial is the largest bas-relief in the world.
at stone mountain state park you can take a cable car up to the top of the mountain. on a clear day you can get an excellent panoramic view of atlanta. the best time to see atlanta is in the morning or midday when the sun is at your back.
located in stone mountain state park is a historic village which is a collection of historic buildings that have been moved to this site from locations all over georgia. in the village you can see a plantation house, log cabin, old store, and barns.
located at the base of stone mountain on the lake is the stone mountain golf course. for golfers visiting stone mountain this is an excellent public course. in the summer and on weekends tee times should be reserved in advance.
at the base of stone mountain there is a small lake were you can take the "scarlett o' hara" riverboat cruise. the thirty minute cruise is a nice thing to do on a hot summer day.
located off of one exit west of the stone mountian park exit on US 78 is the tiny village of stone mountain. of interest to the tourist is it's interesting cemetery and the village german restaurant.