“The largest relief carving in the world... with an unsavory history”
Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, adventure awaits as you discover interactive family friendly attractions and many natural and historical sights. Plus you won’t want to miss more than a dozen of fun annual events such as Spring FUN Break, Summer at the Rock, Yellow Daisy Festival, Indian Festival and Pow-Wow, Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages! Stone Mountain is open year-round, but attraction hours vary by season. Check our hours of operations and events calendar for schedules on the date(s) of your visit. Buy annual attraction passes online and be sure to check out our special offers and vacation packages. Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most popular attraction and features a wide variety of family activities, but its history is a dark and unsavory one. On November 25, 1915, a group of robed and hooded men met at Stone Mountain to create a new, more violent incarnation of the Ku Klux Klan. They were led by William J. Simmons, and they included a group calling itself the Knights of Mary Phagan. A cross was lit, and the oath was administered by Nathan Bedford Forrest II, the grandson of Gen. Nathan B. Forrest, and was witnessed by the owner of Stone Mountain, Samuel Venable. In 1923, Klan fundraising began to create a giant memorial dedicated exclusively to heroes of the Confederacy, and in October of that year, Venable granted the Klan easement with perpetual right to hold celebrations as they desired. The influence of the UDC continued, in support of Mrs. Plane's vision of a carving explicitly for the purpose of creating a Confederate memorial. The UDC established the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Association (SMCMA) for fundraising and on-site supervision of the project. Venable and Gutzon Borglum, who were both closely associated with the Klan, arranged to pack the SMCMA with Klan members. The SMCMA, along with the United Daughters of the Confederacy continued fundraising efforts. Of the $250,000 raised, part came from the federal government, which in 1924 issued special fifty-cent coins with the soldiers Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson on them, but would not allow the politician Jefferson Davis to be included. When the state purchased the mountain in 1958, they had removed the Klan and voided Venable's agreement by condemning the properties. Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and the site of Stone Mountain Park in Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States. At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet MSL and 825 feet above the surrounding area. Stone Mountain is well-known not only for its geology, but also for the enormous bas-relief on its north face, the largest bas-relief in the world. The carving depicts three figures of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. Stone Mountain is more than 5 miles in circumference at its base. The summit of the mountain can be reached by a walk-up trail on the west side of the mountain or by the Skyride aerial tram.
A lot to do there. However, being the deep south, it gets hot and muggy really fast. So if you want to climb the mountain (which, I HIGHLY recommend you do!), start out before 8am, so you can get back down by 10:30/11:00. If you are not physically able to hike it, there is a HUGE lift you can ride, for a large fee. There is a water fountain on top that is accessibly any time of day, but take water for the way up. Gift Shop and snack bar (on top) doesn't open until 11am. Unfortunately, the attractions at the base don't open until 11 or noon, either, which is ridiculous for a tourist attraction, especially when it gets so hot/humid so early in the day. There is a fireworks/laser show that is fantastic for night entertainment.
We paid the $10 to get in and just took pics of the mountain. They have an amusement park, sky lifts, a duck tour, and more. You could stay here all day.
We have been here only once at night, and once again in spring when nothing was open yet, so we probably aren't the best people to talk about the restaurants, amusement park, etc.
I can tell you that there are ample trails, you can hike to the top, etc. I can also tell you that the entry fee is a bit ridiculous ($15 during non peak, and $20 during peak times and holidays).
I've been visiting Stone Mountain Park since I was a child. The laser show is done near the carving of the mountain every night at dusk with special shows on holidays. Get to the lawn early to grab a spot with a chair or picnic blanket or just have a quick seat on the grass. It's my favorite feature at the park. They have a beached area that is great for swimming, a gentle hiking trail up the mountain with only a few really strong areas, a camp ground area, sky lifts and lots of other features. There are food vendors as well as clean restrooms throughout the park. (Notify a park employee if it's not up to par).
It's been a fantastic place to make memories over the years and is great no matter what the weather.
Great place! Definitely do the hike early evening or morning to catch stay out of midday heat!
This is a beautiful place! Must go to the too of the mountain. I could stay up there all day.
The scenery is breathtaking. The carving is impressive and there are information sites on both sides of the walkway from the museum in regards to each confederate states' contributions to the civil war. During the time we went, most attractions were closed for maintenance. Decided to hike up the mountain and it was very beautiful. Seeing so many people walk the path was inspirational as well. Made it to the top and you have a clear view of the Atlanta skyline which was phenomenal. Definitely worth the trip and subsequent ones as well.
Stone Mountain is a gem! The Country Living Fair is every October and well worth the admission price with live music, juried art, and demonstrations.
It's great place for a day trip with the kids. The laser light show on Labor Day Weekend is ok, smoke from all the fireworks sometimes hides the lights, but all in all, this is a great place to visit.
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