Explore the town that sits just outside Stone Mountain Park with this guide to things to do, places to stay and great restaurants.
Home to Georgia's most-visited attraction, the city of Stone Mountain is full of things to do, places to stay and great restaurants. It’s also home to the quarry that supplied granite to the locks of the Panama Canal and the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
What started in the 1800s when European settlers made their homes on former Creek Tribe lands became a stagecoach hub centered around the massive mountain. It quickly became a tourist attraction and has blossomed into the Stone Mountain of today.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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 each summer (May to October) and features 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
As the holiday season descends upon the park, Stone Mountain Christmas occurs. Each day has epic light display, performances and other festive activities from November to January.
Places to Stay
Stone Mountain Manor
Set on the edge of Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain Manor is in the historic downtown. Rooms come with free WiFi, luxurious king beds and daily gourmet breakfast.
Stillwell Bed & Breakfast
Stillwell Bed & Breakfast is a said-to-be haunted bed-and-breakfast with spacious rooms and a daily Southern-style breakfast.
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 Lakeside Resort
The Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort is Stone Mountain’s most luxurious stay, featuring more than 300 rooms and 25 suites with private balconies and lake views. The AAA Four Diamond resort is set on more than 3,000 acres and has a golf course, hiking trails, a pool and dining options.
The Inn at Stone Mountain Park
The 92-room colonial-style The Inn at Stone Mountain Park is located within the park and has an in-house Southern restaurant. Enjoy the large rooms and onsite pool during your stay.