Stone Mountain is named for the gigantic exposed granite hill that towers over the area. The expansive park, lakes, theme park, and nature area around it are very popular. In fact, the actual tiny railroad downtown of Stone Mountain nearby is easy to overlook though it does contain many antique shops and a notable German bakery.
A passing view of the Confederate carving that is a hallmark of the mountain as seen from the aerial skylift and a look down to the Memorial Lawn below
Part of the large lake around the mountain with an old covered bridge and the historic grist mill
In winter, the great front lawn of the mountain is turned into a giant ‘snow’ slide for tubing called Snow Mountain.
Part of the Stone Mountain downtown village with small shops and brick side walks.
A bit of historic detail on the old Stone Mountain railway station, a centerpiece of the downtown.
While a large part of Stone Mountain park is commercialized, there are also lots of nooks and crannies to take a private hike, kayak, have a picnic, see the sunset over the lake, camp under the trees, watch wildlife, and enjoy some amazing views that makes you forget you are minutes from metro-Atlanta. Here are some of my favorite pictures I’ve gotten while wandering around the park: