Looking for something outdoors to do while in Atlanta, Georgia? Consider visiting Stone Mountain Park. It is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and is the most popular place in the state of Georgia. Stone Mountain Park is designed to be a great place to bring the whole family - it is full of family-friendly attractions.
Stone Mountain Park is only 16 miles east of Atlanta, and so it is easy to reach on an excursion. Another great excursion from Atlanta is the small town of Senoia - it is famous for its old Southern charming historic buildings and for being a filming location for The Walking Dead. Just expect Senoia to be infinitely sleeper.
Stone Mountain - Georgia's Popular Family Friendly Attraction
While the park is owned by the state of Georgia, it is managed by Herschend Family Entertainment - the entertainment company with many of the attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri like Silver Dollar City and Dollywood. If one does visit Pigeon Forge or Branson, be sure to book a dinner at Dolly's Stampede - it will be a dinner like none other.
Visitors can reach the summit of the mountain by a walk-up trail on the mountain's west side. Alternatively, take the easy route and ride the Skyride aerial tram.
- Size: 3,200 Acres
- World's Largest: Piece Of Exposed Granite (Stone Mountain)
The park is made to be family-friendly. It has plenty of family-friendly attractions, outdoor activities, and plenty of on-site lodging options.
- Stone Mountain Attractions: Summit Skyride, Geyser Towers, SkyHike® Scenic Railroad, 4-D Theater, Ride The Ducks, The Great Barn, Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard, and Discovering Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall
Come in the summer, and the park is in full swing. See the nightly Lasershow Spectacular.
Accommodation & Lodging In Stone Mountain Park
The park has camping, resort, and classic inn accommodation options.
For those coming with families who need to keep the costs down or who would just like to spend more time outside, stay at their campground. The campground has RV, Pop-up, and Tent sites, plus Yurt rentals, Safari Tents, RV Rentals, and more.
- Number of Sites: 400
- Price: From $28 For Primitive Tent Sites
Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort:
Enjoy the luxurious accommodations of the Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort with its spacious suites, and indoor and outdoor heated pools. The resort is surrounded by expansive lake views with two professional golf courses.
- Price Range: $183-249
The Inn at Stone Mountain Park:
Another option is to feel the charm and history of the South by staying at the classic Southern Inn. It boasts oversized guest rooms, spacious verandas, an outdoor courtyard swimming pool, and buffet-style southern cooking.
- Price: From $144
Planning A Visit To Stone Mountain Park
There are a number of admission tickets and passes to choose from; there are some main ones (prices do not include tax).
General Attractions Pass:
- Includes: Access to Scenic Railroad, Dinosaur Explore, Historic Square, Mini Golf, seasonal live entertainment, and more
- Price: Adult $34.95 (Ages 12+)
Attractions Pass + Meal Deal:
- Includes: Scenic Railroad, Dinosaur Explore, Historic Square, Mini Golf, seasonal live entertainment, Plus a meal and a drink
- Price: $39.95 (Ages 3+)
Visitors also really need to stay for the evening and watch the impressive Lasershow. The show is free for Mountain Members (with a reservation).
- Normal Price: $5.00 Per Person
- Holiday Price: $10.00 Per Person
It is better to purchase the Lasershow Spectacular tickets online as walk-up tickets are only sold on availability. They can also be an add-on to an Attractions Pass.
The Largest Bas-Relief Artwork In The World
Visitors should understand that Stone Mountain has been made as a monument to the Confederacy.
Stone Mountain Park is famous for its massive rock relief on its north face - it is the largest bas-relief artwork in the world. It has been cut 42 feet deep in the mountain, measuring 90 feet high and 190 wide. It sits 400 feet above the ground.
The rock relief depicts the Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. Such a Confederate monument may stir mixed emotions for many visitors. It was completed in 1972. The Confederates are depicted on their favorite horses - Blackjack, Traveller, and Little Sorrel.