Introduction and General Information
Drawing an average of more than 4-million annual visitors, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia's most popular attraction. With over 3,200 acres of park, lake and woodlands plus more than a dozen attractions and many recreational activities, Stone Mountain offers plenty of fun for all ages.
The mountain, at 825 feet tall and reaching 1,683 feet above sea level, is the world's largest known free-standing piece of exposed granite. In addition to the 1.3 mile trail to the mountain top, there are 15 miles of nature trails for hiking. Boating and fishing are permitted in the 363-acre lake, although swimming is prohibited.
For golfers, there are two championship courses and club facilities located at the base of the mountain. Bicycling is permitted inside the park only along roadways and single file in a dedicated bicycle lane on Robert E. Lee Blvd., which circles the park. There are no mountain biking trails and bicycles are not permitted on any of the hiking trails.
Location - Stone Mountain Park is 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta on US Highway 78. Take Exit 39 B off of Interstate 285 and follow Highway 78 east for 8 miles. The main entrance is at Exit 8.
Admission - Stone Mountain Park gates are open daily, although attraction hours vary depending on the time of year and the daily park schedule. A cash only parking permit per vehicle per day or an annual parking pass, required for entrance into the park, provides access to the public picnic areas, hiking trails, children's playground, walk-up trail, the spectacular Laser Light Show and several other outdoor adventure areas. Other attractions require additional fees, which may be purchased individually or with an all-day or seasonal pass.
Things to See and Do - Attractions
- Tall Tales of the South 4D Theater
- The Scenic Rail Road for a relaxing ride around the mountain (with entertainment)
- Sky Hike for a trek through the treetops
- The Great Barn with more than 65 interactive games, climbing structures, trampoline floors and more
- Live shows and entertainment
- The Discovering Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall - Learn more about Stone Mountain on a self-guided tour.
- Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Education Center - Explore 5,400 square feet of interactive exhibit and gallery space to learn about the geology and ecology of the area.
- Antique Car and Treasure Museum - Browse the vintage collection of cars and other memorabilia.
Jackson, this enormous carving extends across the side of the mountain and is larger than a football field. It was started in 1923 and, due to various delays, was not finished until 1972.
Outdoor Fun and Recreation
Enjoy the great outdoors by foot, by boat, by duck (yes, by duck,) in the snow and more. Some of the popular outdoor attractions and recreational facilities include:
- Summit Skyride - Transporting visitors to the top of the mountain, this popular high-speed Swiss cable car offers panoramic views on clear days of the Atlanta skyline and the Appalachian Mountains beyond. It also provides a great view of the Confederate Memorial Carving - See photo on page 1.
- Hiking - There are 15 miles of hiking and walking nature trails through wooded areas and on the slope of the mountain. The 1.3 Walk-Up Trail leads to the top of the mountain, while the six-mile historic Cherokee Trail winds along the base of the mountain. Other trails connect to a Nature Garden and the Songbird Habitat as well as to the picturesque century-old Covered bridge and Grist Mill areas.
- Paddlewheel Riverboat - Enjoy a 20-minute cruise on a riverboat named (what else?) the Scarlett O’Hara.
- Pedal Boats - Head for the Riverboat Marina Complex and enjoy the lake by pedal boat.
- Ride The Ducks - Tour land and lake in 1940's Army DUKWs that have been converted into comfortable open-air amphibious vehicles.
- Golf Courses - Two championship courses, Stonemont and Lakemont, meander through a Georgia pine forest and around Stone Mountain Lake. There is also a 36-hole mini-golf course.
- Tennis Center - The premier tennis facility features 16 hard lighted outdoor courts, and an 8,200-seat permanent stadium court.
- Waterslide Complex - Across the lake from the other attractions, the Waterslide Complex offers two inner tube slides and two enclosed body flume slides.
- Fishing - Fishing is permitted in the 363-acre lake from 6 a.m. until midnight with a valid fishing license.
- Winter Tubing - Fun in the snow at Snow Mountain.
Seasonal Celebrations and Attractions
Throughout the year, Stone Mountain Park offers many celebrations, festivals, performances, and special seasonal attractions. A few of the most popular special times to visit include:
The Christmas Season - Annual festive holiday activities at Stone Mountain Park include a special Fireworks and Snowfall Celebration, visits from Santa, a Christmas Train, millions of dazzling lights to enjoy and much more.
Snow Mountain Park - Stone Mountain Park's Laser Lawn is transformed into a seasonal family snow park, featuring a 400-foot tubing hill and a 30,000 square foot SnowZone of play areas in snow at least two feet deep. Snow Mountain Park Website
Easter Celebrations at Stone Mountain - Early birds enjoy the beautiful Easter Sunrise Service, which has taken place at the top of Stone Mountain for more than 60 years.
Annual Pumpkin Festival - Celebrate the harvest season on weekends from late September through late October with pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie eating contests, train rides on the Pumpkin Express, autumn themed entertainment and more.
Annual Yellow Daisy Festival - Arts and crafts fans flock to this popular festival, which has received acclaim as one of the nation's best arts and craft shows.
More Events - A sampling of other fun celebrations and events held during the year includes:
- Fourth of July Celebrations
- Annual Highland Games
- Annual Indian Festival and Pow-Wow
Accommodations and Camping
Stone Mountain Park offers on-site lodging options, including hotels and campsites. In addition, there are several convenient area hotels.
On-site Lodging - Lodging options within the park include:
- Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA
Situated at the edge of the lake, this Marriott property offers relaxed luxury. In addition to an array of recreational facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the hotel offers spa treatments by appointment. Each room has a balcony or veranda for views of the surrounding scenic beauty.
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- Stone Mountain Inn
1058 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, GA
Located within the boundaries of Stone Mountain Park, this Marriott property offers stunning views in the comfortable historic setting of a 19th century plantation.
- Stone Mountain Family Campground
This on-site campground offers wooded campsite options from full-service amenities to primitive camping including: full hook-ups; partial hook-ups with water and electricity - for tents, pop-ups and motor home camping; primitive tent sites. Visit the Stone Mountain Family Campground Website for information about pricing and reservations. Also, see reviews of Stone Mountain Family Campground: Review 1 / Review 2 / Review 3
Hotels Close to Stone Mountain Park
- Visit Stone Mountain Hotels to find out about several lodging options located close to Stone Mountain Park, including popular hotel chains that are within a mile or so of the park.
For additional information about Stone Mountain Park, including attractions, fees, schedules and more, visit the Stone Mountain Park Official Website.