After I had walked around the base of Stone Mountain for a while I had a decision to make. Do I take the tram to and from the top, or drive a little further into the park and take the 1.2 mile hike to the top. A no brainer for me.I had my "These Shoes Have Hiked In The Swiss Alps" hiking shoes on so I notched up my belt, laced my ties tight and...more
Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock. It rises to 1,686 feet (513 m) elevation and 825 feet (251.5 m) from the ground. If that was not impressive enough, it is also the largest bas relief sculpture in the world of three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J....more
Within the confine of the park and from the huge area just below the carving, they use Stone Mountain as the backdrop for a laser light show spectacular. It combines very colorful lasers, surround sound and awesome special effects into a 40 minute light show, precisely choreographed to music.more
Or you just want to hike the local area, a good choice is the Cherokee Trail, which is a 5-mile (8.0 km) National Recreation Trail, this trail loops around the mountain base, with a mile section going up and over the west side of the mountain and eventually crosses The Walk Up Trail. It mostly passes through the oak-hickory forest, but beautiful...more
If you don’t like to hike or have some disabilities, please utilize the Skylift.The summit of the mountain can be reached by The Walk Up Trail located by the Confederate Hall and West gate entrance. This is a 1-mile (1.6 km) trail to the top of Stone Mountain ascending 786 ft (240 m) in elevation to a height of 1,686 ft (514 m) Beautiful views...more
My hubby said this was a wonderful experience to ride to The Summit Skyride, which consist of a high-speed Swiss cable car that transports its guest 825 feet from the ground to the top of the mountain. What is really neat about the ride is you get the bird’s eye view of the Confederate Memorial Carving. There is a fantastic view of the Atlanta...more
The Confederate Hall and Museum is a stately white columned structure which affords a commanding view across the Memorial Lawn to Stone Mountain and the Confederate Memorial Carving. Inside you will find a museum which highlights the carving and the engineering feat that created it. The focus of the museum is the fascinating geology and ecology of...more
The Harvey Water Clock. is a unique contraption that I could watch and study transfixed in amazement. A fly ball governor regulates the amount of water which turns a water wheel, which in turn operates the gears to register the hour, day, month and year. The Harvey Water Clock was patented in 1798. This is first one of its kind in Georgia. I have...more
It's difficult to appreciate the size of the Confederate Memorial Carving from a photograph. The three men on horseback look almost small against the massive side of Stone Mountain. This magnificent memorial consists of three acres of chiseled granite making it the largest high relief sculpture in the world. For shear size it even surpasses the...more
The huge carving of the "heroes" (to the people of Georgia) of the Confederacy is located on the face of Stone Mountain. This is the largest carving of this kind in the world, and it is even larger than Mount Rushmore. I think Georgia was trying to make a statement here about who should have won the war.The carving depicts General Robert E. Lee,...more
The petting zoo portion of this is geared towards kids, but the antebellum plantation is pretty impressive. Here you will find several authentic buildings which were actual pre Civil War Georgia homes and which have been restored and brought to this area. The architecture on these 200 year old houses is impressive, although the knowledge of the...more
The aerial tram takes you to the top of Stone Mountain. There is a walking trail as well and some people use the tram for one way transportation and walk either up or down, although usually the latter. The tram is a short ride and gives you a great up close and personal view of the Confederate carving. There is a separate fee for riding the tram.more
Heading west from the main park entrance, you'll come across this impressive building. Confederate Hall has several exhibits and runs a short film about the Civil War in Georgia. Admission into the hall is free, although parking is not. You can get to Confederate Hall by riding the railroad from Memorial Hall in the main portion of the park, by...more
There are a few places within the Stone Mountain Memorial Park in which a person could get a light snack. Miss Katies Sideboard Restaurant is the only place in the park to get a sit down meal with service. I have eaten here on a couple of occasions and have thoroughly enjoyed the authentic southern cuisine. The pleace is usually busy and one should...more
Summit Snacks, located beside the aerial tramway at the very peak of Stone Mountain, is a small spot with a limited menu. However, it is a very welcomed place to get a light snack or a cold drink, especially if you have just hiked up from the back side of the mountain on a hot summer day. There are only two ways to get to Summit Snacks, by foot or...more
Like all tourist attractions, Stone Mountain has a variety of places that serve food. There's nothing fancy here, as you'd expect, and there's only one sit down restaurant in the park. Miss Katie's is the southern restaurant, which advertises "hand tossed biscuits". I'm not sure what hand tossing does for biscuits, but they're supposed to be good....more
A favorite family activity at Stone Mountain is the famous Lasershow. Billed as the "World's Largest Lasershow Spectacular," it transforms the Memorial Lawn into a giant amphitheater. This Stone Mountain Park signature event is an Atlanta tradition. The 40 minute Lasershow combines colorful lasers, surround sound and special effects, all choreographed to popular and patriotic music.
The grand finale to the show is a fantastic fireworks display. The Lasershow is free with your $8.00 vehicle fee to the Park
The Lasershow is presented nightly during season. At the time of this posting, the 2008 schedule has not yet been released.
A ride on the Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad is an excellent way to get an overview of the Memorial Park. It can also be a practical way of getting around to the back side of the mountain. The full size locomotive of 1940s vintage pulls several open passenger cars. The five mile trip which circles the mountain tales 25-30 minutes. Along the way you...more
There are two ways to get to the top of Stone Mountain. You can walk up, or you can take the Stone Mountain Skylift. I've gone to the top several times both way, and both are fun. The sky lift is a lot easier, although you'll probably have to wait in line for your turn on one of the very populr alpine style skylifts. Individual tickets for the...more
Beautiful Stone Mountain Lake lies at the base of Stone Mountain and no trip to the park is complete without taking a ride on it's tranquil waters aboard the riverboat Scarlett O'Hara. The boat is named for the heroine of, "Gone with the Wind," a novel set in Georgia during the time of the War for Southern Independence. Twenty minute cruises are...more
There are some interesting shops in the park and in Memorial Hall, near the mountain. You can purchase hand made candles, leather goods, clothing, candy and souveniers. But the most interesting shop, in my opinion, is in Memorial Hall where you can see and buy, if you like, civil war memorabilia.
Don't even think about coming to Stone Mountain to do a little rock climbing. It isn't allowed. However, anyone who wishes may take the 1.3 mile hike up the back side of the mountain to the top. It is steep in places, but not a bad hike for anyone in reasonably good shape. Visitors may also take the aerial tramway up and walk back down, or vice versa. However, if you do so, you will have to catch the train back around to your starting point, since the tram and the trail are on opposite sides of the mountain.
A chain link fence protects visitors from getting too close to the sheer face of the front side of the mountain. An agile fool could climb the fence - which is illegal - and potentially deadly.
Stone Mountain State Memorial Park is much more than just a big chunk of rock with a carving on it. Throughout the park are exciting off-the-beaten-path discoveries to be made.Two of our favorites are the restored old Grist Mill and Covered Bridge which have been moved to the park from other Georgia locations to be preserved and displayed for...more
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