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Stone Mountain-Full of History and Family Fun

Updated on September 12, 2014

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

Covered Bridge

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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.

Grist Mill

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Water at the Grist Mill

Water at 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?

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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.

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.

© 2012 Mary Beth Granger

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to take my granddaughters to Stone Mountain Park sometime.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Yes and I enjoyed your lens very much

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I have never heard of this before, thank you for sharing this..I was thinking that it would be interesting to do a historic vacation to some sites like this...would take some planning, but it would also be fun. Would like to go south to see where my Daddy grew up, too, miss hearing him talk about his childhood.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Yes. One of my sisters lives about 10 minutes away. It's a beautiful park! We love the hiking trails. I have climbed to the top once -- with all my kiddos. I think we'll attempt it again when everyone is old enough to walk on their own.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Never been there...looks neat! I can't believe someone did that on the side of a mountain. The non-artist in me (which is about 95% of me!) just can't comprehend that feat! :) Thanks for sharing your photos!

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      food monkey 5 years ago

      havent yet...nice lens

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      Liz Mackay 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I enjoyed my visit. Blessed.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I haven't, unfortunately - wonderful lens, though! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      No, but would love to go there one day. This is a wonderfully informative lens.

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      Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      I hope to go again some day! Beautiful mountain ~ I would love to go hiking! B : )

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for this delightful trip to Stone Mountain Park and congratulations on front page honors!...*

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      CarreiraS 5 years ago

      No I didn't but I would love to go there. Actually I said the same some lenses back. I want to go to so many places

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      andrzejN 5 years ago

      beautiful place

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      Great lens would be a fun place to visit, Blessed*

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      macmaki 5 years ago

      I have never been to stone mountain, but I know that the man who carved Mt. Rushmore (Gustov Borgland) carved a similar relief in the south somewhere before he carved Rushmore. Is Stone Mountain the place?? Great Lens. I love it.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Yes, but it was overcast, drizzly and foggy with low visibility. Saw a few mountain goats up top, but barely saw the carving, and some of the shops were closed for the off-season (March). Would like to try another time.

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      Have never been but hope to get there someday.

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      sounds fun great lens

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      sounds fun great

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      mowug1776 5 years ago

      sounds fun great

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Congratulations on being on the front page of Squidoo.

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      what a great Sculpture! I love something new and I'm happy to see your lens. Hope I can go that place too someday.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A very good I like what you wrote. I read with great interest and pleasure

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Haven't been here before, these close up photos were great to see and think of our Nation's history. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      linkreggie 5 years ago

      I love adventures and I'm glad to see your lens. I enjoyed reading your post.. Thanks for sharing great topic!.. liked it!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      great pictures!

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      This sounds like a wonderful trip, and your photographs are terrific. I clicked into the menu for the restaurant: that sounds really good.

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes, it's a memorable landmark.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      What a beautiful place! Love your photos.

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      ScottsdaleAgent 5 years ago

      Definitely have to explore Stone Mountain!

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      andrzejN 5 years ago

      I never knew about this.

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      Scraps2treasures 5 years ago

      I visited Stone Mountain as a teenager but would love to go back with my husband and kids. I thought the laser show was amazing! I think they have a lot more to do there now than they did in the late 80's.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      what a great lens, thanks for sharing...

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      Could not get a chance so far. But it seems to be quite a beautiful site.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      I'm going to visit here this summer!! I'm happy that I found this lens.

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      Rock Artist 5 years ago

      I'd be interested to know how this sculpture was made in to the side of a mountain back in 1923. Thanks for a great lens

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      Mottley420 5 years ago

      great lens, could you give my lens a read? Its about Pinterest. https://hubpages.com/community/pinterest-tips-and-

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      Ilona E 5 years ago from Ohio

      Yes, though I didn't get to see the entire complex- we did climb the mountain though!

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      We "Yankees" visited during the Atlanta Olympics. I did indeed feel a bit out of place while Elvis sang Glory Glory Halleluia.

      Thanks for reminding me about a great American vacation spot.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I would love to visit Stone Mountain Park to see the sculptures of the civil war figures and the covered bridges, amongst all the other attractions. Blessings.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to visit for my next vacation. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kay 5 years ago

      I remember visiting Stone Mountain after I completed Basic Training in the Army. I felt so amazingly free there :) I hope to go visit again soon!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Not yet, but now I'm planning on going there this fall to see the lovely colors of the autumn leaves! Can't wait!!

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      FalconFan LM 5 years ago

      I've visited Stone Mountain many times and it's so much fun! A great place to visit :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great photos and thanks for another place I plan to visit.

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      Very fascinating pictures and beautiful mountains, waterfalls.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fascinating plae to visit

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I never been to Stone Mountain Park, but it seem quite a good and nice place for family. I will consider to put it into my traveling list. Thanks!

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      Matt Warren 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      No, but I would love to

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      I would love to come visit.

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I went there to see the sculpture many years ago. I didn't realize the park had much more to offer!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I was there a very long time ago :) but I remember that it was a good visit.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      It has been years since I have been to Stone Mountain Park and really enjoyed seeing these pictures and learning more about it.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I drove past it once! Stone Mountain Park is a place I'd really love to visit.

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      Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      Yes, I have been there. It is a really fun, family place to visit.

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      No, I haven't, but it looks like a great place to visit! Really nice photos and information. Thank you for sharing!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I've not been there! I lived in GA for a short time over 30 yrs ago. I did love it there. Great article. :)

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      I have not been to Stone Mountain Park it sounds like it would be a wonderful place to visit. I especially liked the way the trees looked in autumn.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I haven't, and we lived less than an hour away while in college. I missed out. Hope to make it back to Georgia someday soon, so I'll add it to my list of places to visit.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      No, first I heard of Stone Mountain Park. I would love to visit. Nice, informative lens.

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      PuttinUpWithSuzy 5 years ago

      @Country-Sunshine: You get a really GREAT view of the sculpture on the lawn. You can picnic on the lawn (just on the other side of the railroad depot) and stick around until dark and then watch the laser show

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      PuttinUpWithSuzy 5 years ago

      I lived in Stone Mountain for 16 years. Just moved to North Georgia a few months ago. It really is a great recreation area. So much to offer. As for the snow...they call that Snow Mountain.

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      DLeighAlexander 5 years ago

      I've been to Atlanta once, my visit was memorable because it was the 1st time I rode the subway. I did not go to Stone Mountain Park, although I heard about it. Your pictures are beautiful! I do hope to get back to Atlanta sometime.

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      Billie Keeslar 5 years ago from Mississippi

      I only live 8 hours from there, I must visit. It looks amazing

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      No, I've never been to Georgia or Stone Mountain Park. Well done, as always.

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      I've never heard of Stone Mountain Park! I'd like to see the sculpture, but am not too sure about the cable car ride! This looks like a place to add to the bucket list!

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      Sue Mah 5 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Never been there before. Looks like an amazing place to visit.

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      No, this is the first I hear of it. Sounds interesting.

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      julia007 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta! Great Lens!

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I never knew about this. I will try to see it next time I'm in Atlanta. Cool.