The mountain is 825 feet tall and occupies an area of 583 acres. Carved into the surface of the mountain is a large representation of three Confederate heroes of the Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee and Lt. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Called the Memorial Carving, it proudly acclaims that Georgia was indeed part of the confederacy which fought against the north during the American Civil War. It was during that war that the town of Stone Mountain was destroyed by men under the command of Union General James B McPherson, and such things aren’t easily forgotten down South.
Nowadays, visitors flock to Stone Mountain not to destroy the place, but to enjoy themselves. Stone Mountain Park offers lots of activities, entertainment and rides. The rock’s top attraction is The Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away.
One new attraction is Geyser Towers which is an all-new, must-do experience. Multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser. With its sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots, you can play in the spray or stay high and dry.
Taking cutting-edge technology to all new heights, the multi-sensory Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision is sure to wow the entire family with stunning pyrotechnics and choreographed, full-motion video!
It’s not all manufactured fun at Stone Mountain, though. The Antebellum Plantation at Stone Mountain Park is a collection of original buildings from around the State of Georgia, built between 1783 and 1875. Each structure was moved from its original site and carefully restored to preserve its authenticity and historical value. This fascinating area also houses the most extensive collection of period furniture and decorations in the south, reflecting the diverse lifestyles of 18th and 19th century Georgia residents.
Fishing, hiking and boating are also popular pastimes, and there are a number of bike trails which criss cross the park too. The lake has four main types of fish which anglers are allowed to catch, being bass, carp, catfish and bream.
The Park is easy to get to, being located on Highway 78, just 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta.