LOCATION: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, GA 30083 Park: 770-498-5690 Campground: 800-385-9807 LENGTH: 10 miles of trails TYPE: Loops RANKING: Easy to Difficult ACCESS: 6 am - Midnight USAGE: Moderate to Busy FEES: $10 Daily Parking Fee or $35 Annual ParkPass. MAPS: At entrance SURFACE: Compact soil with tree roots and granite FEATURES: Lake, small beach, canoe rental & fishing, restrooms COMMENTS: Great family park PET FRIENDLY: No pets on Walk Up Trail or Memorial Lawn
Stone Mountain Park is one of Georgia's most popular attractions and features a variety of family activities. There are 3,200 acres of natural beauty and many historical sights to explore. Stone Mountain Park is known for its annual Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival, Stone Mountain Christmas, Snow Mountain and of course laser light show featuring fantastic fireworks to end the night.
Plan to take a cable car to the top of Stone Mountain and get an up-close look at the Stone Mountain Carving. It's beautiful and well worth the ride or hike. There is also SkyHike, the nation's largest adventure course.
The park offers several places to spend the night. The Marriott Stone Mountain Inn, Evergreen Marriott resort or bring your tent or RV and stay in the campground.
There are plenty of covered outdoor pavilion's for holding a family reunion or company picnic.
Stone Mountain is open year-round, but attraction hours vary by season. Check for the hours of operations and events calendar for schedules on the date(s) of your visit.
The RV campground looked well-kept but a little tight for big rigs. There are only a few pull-thru spaces. There all full hook-ups available and also monthly rental sites available.
We hiked the Nature Garden Trail and the Connector Trail and enjoyed the woods and the granite at the bottom of the mountain. Both trails are easy to moderate and very few people are on these trails. The Walk-Up Trail to the mountain top was very busy and we'll give that a try another day.
We also enjoyed the exhibit gallery where we learned about the geology and ecology of the mountain and a documentary film in the Confederal Hall about the history of the carvings and "The Battle for Georgia."
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA: I-85 North to I-285 East. Take Exit 39B (US Hwy 78 East exit) Travel 7.7 miles and take Exit 8 (Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance) Follow the exit ramp to the East Gate entrance of park.