Home to Georgia's most-visited attraction, the city of Stone Mountain is full of things to do, places to stay and great restaurants.
In the 1800s, European settlers made their homes on former Creek lands, then called Rock Mountain and New Gibraltar. Now known as Stone Mountain, the town served as a stagecoach hub, centered around the iconic monolith. The mountain quickly became a tourist attraction with an observation tower and nearby hotels and restaurants. Stone Mountain also was home to a quarry that supplied granite to the locks of the Panama Canal and the steps at the U.S. Capitol. The downtown area, Stone Mountain Village, is located just outside Stone Mountain Park, which is the most visited attraction in the state.
Things to Do
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park is the biggest draw to the area, boasting more than 3,000 acres. The granite mountain has the largest high relief sculpture in the world, depicting three Confederate figures from the Civil War. Memorial Hall has an exhibit on the carving's design, sculpted by Gutzon Borglum of Mount Rushmore fame. At night, it hosts the Lasershow Spectacular on the rock face. The park also has seasonal shows and attractions, a train, a golf course, nature trails, and a ropes course.
Set on the edge of Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain Manor is in the historic downtown. Rooms come with free WiFi, luxurious king beds, high-end toiletries and daily gourmet breakfast.
Stillwell Bed & Breakfast
Stillwell Bed & Breakfast is another bed and breakfast in Stone Mountain Village featuring spacious rooms and daily Southern-style breakfast. It’s also said to be haunted.
Stone Mountain Park Campground
Stone Mountain Park Campground is a great option for those looking to connect with the outdoors. They have more than 400 wooded campsites, including full and partial hookups and electricity. Tents and RVs are welcome, and amenities include WiFi, a swimming pool and laundry facilities.
Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
The Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is Stone Mountain’s most luxurious stay, featuring more than 300 rooms and 25 suites with private balconies and lake views. The AAA 4 Diamond resort is set on more than 3,000 acres and has a golf course, hiking trails, a pool and dining options.
Stone Mountain Inn
The 92-room Stone Mountain Inn is located within the park and run by the Marriott. It’s built in the colonial style and has an in-house Southern restaurant. They have large rooms and an onsite pool.
A farm-to-table restaurant serving lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, The Sweet Potato Café is a cozy local restaurant. Menu highlights include paninis, homemade biscuits, cobbler, and of course, sweet potatoes.
Tunes by The Tracks is held in May, June, September and October, featuring the music of well-known artists. The free concerts have beer and wine for sale and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs.
Stone Mountain Christmas
Stone Mountain Christmas is one of the park’s biggest annual events, featuring lights, a parade, performances and other festive activities. It runs from November to January.