Stone Mountain Park is 3,200 acres of history, recreation, and nature located in the Atlanta, Georgia metro area. The predominant feature of the park is the world’s largest piece of exposed granite towering more than 800 feet above the surrounding terrain.
There is a nominal fee of $10 to enter the park where you can fish in Stone Mountain Lake, play golf at Stone Mountain Golf Club, hike miles of trails, or simply enjoy a family picnic away from the hustle and bustle of the city. That’s not all there is to do here, though.
Yogi Bear 4-D Adventure…
…and more. From this area you can also watch the Lasershow Spectacular with state-of-the-art graphics and effects using Stone Mountain itself as the screen. On the side of Stone Mountain is a sight that is hard to miss. It is a carving of three Confederate Civil War heroes: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and Lt. General Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson. This imposing carving measures three acres.
While there is a hiking trail to the top of Stone Mountain for the adventurous, many others catch a ride to the top on the Summit Skyride. The ride lasts about 2 1/2 minutes and carries you over 800 feet up to the peak.
If you’re hungry there are various concession stands with all kinds of food you would expect like BBQ, burgers, hot dots, and funnel cakes. We took the opportunity to have a sit down dinner at Miss Katie’s Full Service Restaurant. While our service started out slow our waitress finally caught up and gave us a good experience overall. The food is southern home cooking with free appetizers including fried pickles, onion petals, and seasoned sweet potato fries. The price is average for a sit down restaurant and we found the quality of the food good and the portions just the right size.
This was our first greeting when we entered the Crossroads Area by one of the friendly workers. He also made sure we had everything we needed, aware that we were newcomers to the park by our intense studying of the park map.
We felt welcome long before entering the park while waiting in line to process our tickets. Another worker was making some of the largest bubbles that I have ever seen, interacting with guests, distracting them from the ticket queue line and making waiting in line pleasurable.
Crossing the street, you will come to the Antebellum Plantation and Farmyard. This collection of historical buildings were built around various parts of Georgia between 1783 and 1875. They have been moved to Stone Mountain Park and restored. Most of them are open allowing you a glimpse into the past history of Georgia.
That is still not all that Stone Mountain has to offer. Not far from the Crossroads Area is Carillon. This is a 732 bell tower that is played by an organ type keyboard station. Originally created for the Cola-Cola Company at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-1965, it given to the State of Georgia and erected at Stone Mountain Park. Live concerts are still performed at select times on Weekends.
A short drive down the road is a grist mill and covered bridge. This bridge was originally constructed in Clarke County in 1891 and moved to its present location in 1965. The Grist Mill located near the bridge was also moved here in 1965 from its original location near Ellijay, Georgia.
Our accommodations for this trip were at Stone Mountain Park Campground. You can read about our experience with the campground here. If camping isn’t your thing, there are two hotels conveniently located inside the park.
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