When Aaron Cloud built a 165-foot tower on top of Stone Mountain in 1838, he had no idea his simple tourist attraction would grow into the massive park that greets visitors today. Spread across 3,200 acres, park hosts a variety of natural, historic, and adventurous activities.
Stunning views are easily within reach via the Summit Skyride. The high-speed Swiss cable cars glide effortlessly up towards the top of the mountain and its summit's iconic 190-foot relief carving. Visitors can also climb through a maze of ropes and bridges at Geyser Towers or SkyHike, nearby treetop adventure courses.
Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain and Other Hiking Trails
Guests seeking a little more adventure during their visit should consider tackling the 1 mile trek to the top of the mountain, starting from the Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center. Marvel at amazing views of downtown Atlanta and the North Georgia mountains from 1,686 feet above sea level; on a clear day, you can see 60 miles in any direction from the summit. Or explore any of Stone Mountain Park's other hiking and walking trails, 15 miles in total. Trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.
Throughout the year, seasonal events add to Stone Mountain's allure. A pumpkin festival showcase spooky fun in October, while the Stone Mountain Christmas celebration brings the holidays to life with live performances and a visit from Santa Claus.
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Be sure to visit the restaurant at this center for a delicious meal.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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The area has many parking options for customers.
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The production calendar for Stone Mountain's Stone Mountain Park offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Punch and kick away your stress and anger during one of these kickboxing classes.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Captain Doug loves catching striped bass. Sometimes, he even breaks out a fly-fishing rig to intensify the fight, a practice that would soon deplete the strength of lesser fishermen. But with more than a decade of learning the patterns of striped bass, Captain Doug knows how to find, hook, not get eaten by, and coach clients through landing one of these freshwater leviathans. Now part of the pro staff at Champion Boats, he takes parties out on his 24 Bay Champ boat, supplying anglers with all the equipment they need. Also an enthusiastic trout fisherman, Captain Doug can take anglers out on the Chattahoochee River, or all the way to the Rocky Mountains to catch trophy rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout in the Snake River and the Green River. Especially memorable catches earn a place in the captain's heart, as well as in his photo album.
Competitive angler Rob Jordan pilots year-round adventures on Lake Lanier, a 38,000-acre haven for trophy-winning largemouth and magnum spotted bass. He and groups of passengers embark on guided trips aboard the brand new 250-horsepower 2014 Nitro Z-8 boat equipped with Lowrance HDS sonar that spots schools of fish in the depths and top-of-the-line Shimano tackle to pluck them out. The captain explains the craft's technology and helps his charges reel in squirmy swimmers the old-fashioned way as well – stopping to measure, weigh, and photograph any of the frequently-caught trophy fish for a replica mount before returning them to the water. He also provides all rods and gear as well as a digital camera to document catches levitating from the pier.