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Why Stone Mountain is Georgia's Most-Visited Attraction

Plan an adventure that includes excitement, history and the natural side of Georgia.

  • Laser Show

    Make sure to stick around and see the lasershow after climbing Stone Mountain.

    Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Park, Georgia’s most-visited attraction, offers guests theme-park thrills, a chance to decompress amid its natural beauty and an opportunity to go back in time and experience local history.

Crossroads at Stone Mountain Park

There’s always something new happening at the Crossroads. Celebrate the holiday season with Stone Mountain Christmas, and build a snowman at Snow Mountain. Escape Georgia’s summer heat at Geyser Towers, or climb the nation’s largest adventure course at Sky Hike. There’s mini-golf, Ride the Ducks, Broadway-style shows (only during Christmas) and a nightly laser spectacular (during summer and weekends only during spring and fall) with a booming fireworks display at the end.

Explore the Natural Side of Stone Mountain Park

The bustling city of Atlanta may be only 30 minutes away, but it’s easy to get lost in the woods amid Stone Mountain’s 3,200 acres. There are 15 miles of hiking trails, including a one-mile walk-up trail to the top of the mountain for spectacular panoramic views of downtown Atlanta’s skyline. Explore the geology and ecology of the mountain at the base of the trail in Confederate Hall, where you’ll find a fascinating interactive museum. Snap the perfect family picture at the Grist Mill or the Covered Bridge.

Go Back in Time

The carving on the face of Stone Mountain, depicting Confederate leaders President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, took 60 years and three sculptors to complete. The whole affair is chronicled in a museum inside Memorial Hall. For a look at farm life in the South before the Civil War and a chance to pet animals, head to Stone Mountain Park’s Antebellum Plantation. For recent local history, the outdoor granite museum is a must see. A working granite quarry into the 1970s, Stone Mountain granite was shipped all over the world.

Where to Stay at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Family Campground is a great option for overnight trips to the park. For a bit more luxury, stay at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort or the Marriott Stone Mountain Inn, both located within the park grounds. Stone Mountain Golf Club attracts resort guests as well as locals.

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