Stone Mountain Village
Guide to Stone Mountain
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, a ropes course and a Civil War museum.
Stone's Throw Tour
Visit Stone Mountain’s landmarks by downloading or picking up a self-guided Stone's Throw Tour brochure from the visitor’s center, which details the town’s history and landmarks.
Art Station holds a monthly Cemetery Tour that shares spooky stories from the residents of Stone Mountain Cemetery. It also visits “haunted” landmarks around the village.
ART Station is a nonprofit arts center in Stone Mountain Village set in the Old Trolley Station. They offer theater, galleries, crafts, classics, events and a gift shop.
Places to Stay
Stone Mountain Manor
Set on the edge of Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain Manor is in the historic downtown with antebellum-style architecture. 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.
Where to Eat
There’s always something delicious to find in Stone Mountain.
The Village Corner German Restaurant and Brewery
The Village Corner German Restaurant and Brewery has been a part of the Stone Mountain community since 1974, serving authentic German fare. Favorites include schnitzel, sausages and house-brewed beer.
The Sweet Potato Café
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.
Weeyum's Philly Cheesesteak
Known for having the best Philly cheesesteak in Atlanta, Weeyum's Philly Cheesesteak is a casual counter sandwich shop that has been around since 2000. It’s been named one of the “100 Plates Locals Love.”
A favorite local bakery, Sweet A'Roma also has a full menu, including breakfast sandwiches, wraps, paninis, salads, and ice cream.
Owned by a firefighter and disabled veteran, Pi-Bytes combines a menu of bite-sized cakes and homemade pizzas. You can build your own pie or choose one of their house selections.
Wells Cargo Café
Wells Cargo Café is a quaint favorite in Stone Mountain Village inspired by the Old West, furnished with antiques. The menu includes fish, meat, pasta, burgers and sandwiches, as well as daily specials.
Stoned Pizza Kitchen
Stoned Pizza Kitchen is known for their pizza, but also serves burgers, sandwiches, wings, steak and other entrees. They carry an extensive selection of craft beer.
There’s always something going on in Stone Mountain.
The Yellow Daisy Festival
The Yellow Daisy Festival is an arts and crafts festival held in September featuring two miles of booths, bands, food and more. The family-friendly festival is held outdoors at Stone Mountain Park.
Stone Mountain Farmers Market
From May to October, the Stone Mountain Farmers Market offers locally made cheeses, soaps, fruits, and vegetables at this producer-only market.
Tunes by The Tracks
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.