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Stone Mountain-Full of History and Family Fun
Stone Mountain Park-Great for the Whole Family
Stone Mountain is a park located just east of Atlanta, Georgia. It is best know for a historic sculpture of civil war figures that is carved into the side of the mountain. The park has much to offer for anyone looking for an interesting outing for the day.
Whether you enjoy seeing a bit of history, walking trails, riding amusement rides or just enjoying a relaxing day in a beautiful setting, Stone Mountain Park has something for you.
On this page I will provide links to some of the activities at Stone Mountain and share some of the photographs that I have taken on my visits to the park.
photographs by Mary Beth Granger
Interesting Facts about Stone Mountain Sculpture - Stone Mountain GA
- Largest high relief sculpture in the world.
- Depicts three confederate heroes of the Civil War: Robert E Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and President Jefferson Davis.
- Carved surface measures 3 acres. It is bigger than a football field.
- Carving measure 90x190 feet. Robert E Lee on the horse is more than 9 stories tall.
- Carving was started in 1923
- Worked stopped in 1928 and was left untouched for 36 years.
- Work resumed in 1964 and was completed in 1972
Sculpture Photographed from the Cable Car
View from the Top
take a cable ride or climb to the top
When we visited Stone Mountain Park we took the cable ride to the top of the mountain. On the way up you get a great view of the sculpture(see photo I took above) and when you are at the top you can see the city of Atlanta.
Stone Mountain Covered Bridge - beautiful in the autumn
The first time I visited the covered bridge in Stone Mountain park it was in the fall. The old bridge looked great surrounded by the changing colors of the leaves. Here are two views of the bridge, one from each side.
Old Grist Mill
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park has an old grist mill that is over 100 years old. It was moved to Stone Mountain in 1965 from Ellijay, GA. The grist mill is in a beautiful setting and it is a great place to walk around enjoying the peaceful setting. There are picnic tables nearby and it would be a great place to stop for lunch. If you have a larger group there is a pavilion just up the hill that can be rented. It has electricity and water and restrooms and parking are nearby.
When I visited the grist mill, I spent time walking the stone paths around the mill, enjoying the water flowing over the rocks and looking out at the beauty of the lake just past the grist mill.
Water at the Grist Mill
Activities at Stone Mountain Park - something for everyone
Stone Mountain has activities for people of all ages. I have been to Stone Mountain on three separate occasions and have enjoyed different activities each time. The first time we took our granddaughters when they were toddlers and enjoyed wandering through the village with them in their strollers. They stopped to play in a fountain for kids and had a great time.
On our second trip I hiked through one of the trail to get a better view of the covered bridge. It was a beautiful fall day and I took lots of photographs.
On a trip in February, I took a cable to the top of the mountain and enjoyed the view from the top. We also stopped by the Grist mill and I took a stroll around the area.
What Stone Mountain Activity do you think you would enjoy most?
Stone Mountain Amusement Park - fun for the whole family
Stone Mountain park has many different events and rides to offer for the entire family. You can take a skyride to the top of the mountain, ride the 'Ducks" around the park, and end your day with a beautiful laser light show. There are small crafts shops, great restaurants and fun rides within the village area.
If hiking is your pleasure, you can climb up to the summit of the mountain or hike on one of the many trails throughout the park.
You will also find special holiday events for Halloween, the Christmas season and even snow tubing down the mountain in the winter.
Stone Mountain offers a golf course, a major hotel and camping areas. It is a great place to visit.
- Stone Mountain Park
Stop by for events and schedules for Stone Mountain Park.
Snow Fun at Stone Mountain - man made snow
In the winter you can snow tube down the slopes. Here is a photo of my granddaughter, Rachel enjoying the man made snow.
photo taken by Linda Schmidt
Eating at Stone Mountain - food for every appetite
Whether you are looking for a big meal or just a snack you can find it in Stone Mountain Park or in the areas nearby the park.
- Metro Cafe Diner
This Diner is located outside the park. We stopped here for lunch on two different occasions and were very pleased with the delicious foods. The also have wonderful desserts and delicious looking cakes that you can bring home.
- Dining in Stone Mountain Park
This link will show you the many dining options available at Stone Mountain Park.
© 2012 Mary Beth Granger