Stone Mountain Park is an entertainment and recreation area surrounding the world’s largest piece of exposed granite. Throughout the park’s 3,200 acres (1,295 hectares) you’ll find walking trails, historical exhibits, playgrounds and leisure activities. There are also restaurants, shops, two hotels and a campground.
The granite mountain rises 1,686 feet (514 meters) above sea level. Ride the high-speed cable car to the top. On the way, view larger-than-life carvings of three Civil War figures: Jefferson Davis, Robert Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. This impressive Confederate Memorial Carving covers three acres on the side of the mountain.
If you’re up for some exercise, take the one-mile (1.6-kilometer) hiking trail to the top of the mountain. This trail is appropriate for most fitness levels, but can be slippery when wet. There are restrooms and a snack bar at the top of the mountain for a respite before heading back down.
There are 15 miles (24 kilometers) of walking trails around the park to suit a leisurely stroll or more strenuous day-hike. For example, the five-mile (eight-kilometer) Cherokee Trail winds through through the woods around the base of the mountain. The Woodland Trail and Meadow Trails each offer a one-mile walk into a habitat for lovely birds including the white-breasted nuthatch, eastern bluebird and northern cardinal.
Around the mountain there are a wide variety of activities for the entire family, including rock-climbing walls, miniature golf and a 4-D theater. Visit a recreation of a 19th-century town and farmyard or ride on a five-mile (eight-kilometer) scenic railroad around the base of the mountain. Kids will enjoy the Great Barn, an indoor playground for children aged five to 12.
An Adventure Pass gives you all-day access to the scenic trails, Great Barn, train and cable rides, and a slew of other activities. During the summer, stick around for the nightly laser and fireworks display that lights up the mountain.
The park is about a half-hour drive northeast of Atlanta and is open year-round.
Located in Decatur - Stone Mountain, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summit Skyride and Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Carving and Art Station are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Five Forks, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Stone Mountain Golf Club and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Stone Mountain Park. Yellow River Game Ranch and Summit Skyride are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Five Forks, this apartment is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Art Station and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Old South. Stone Mountain Park and Stone Mountain Golf Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Located in Stone Mountain Historic Village, this inn is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Art Station and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Stone Mountain Park. Old South and Summit Skyride are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located inside 3,200-acre Stone Mountain Park, the hotel features lake and mountain views.
Located in Five Forks, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Stone Mountain Golf Club and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Stone Mountain Park. Yellow River Game Ranch and Summit Skyride are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Decatur - Stone Mountain, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Old South and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Stone Mountain Park. Art Station and Summit Skyride are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Five Forks, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Yellow River Game Ranch and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Golf Club and Summit Skyride are also within 3 mi (5 km).