The summit of Stone Mountain can be reached by a Walk-Up Trail on the west side of the mountain. The 1.3-mile trail ascends fairly steeply to the summit height of 1,686 feet and boasts spectacular panoramic views and fresh winds at the top. Other walking trails in the Park include the 5-mile Cherokee Trail, which loops around the mountain base and crosses the Walk-Up Trail for a mile with beautiful views, and the Nature Garden Trail, which is a scenic 3/4 mile loop trail through a mature oak-hickory forest. The two loop Songbird Habitat Trails run cross through shady woodlands and are excellent for bird-spotting.
Visitors can enjoy a spectacular fireworks and laser light display on warm summer evenings. The Stone Mountain Laser Show Spectacular showcases the history of Georgia and the Deep South through moving images projected onto the Confederate Memorial carving on the side of the mountain and features stunning special effects and pyrotechnics.
The top attraction at the Park is The Summit Skyride, a Swiss-built cable car that offers visitors an easy way to reach the summit. The fast cable car bypasses the famous Confederate Memorial carving on the way up to the top of Stone Mountain where impressive 360-degree views can be enjoyed.
Crossroads is a replica of a southern town from 1872 and includes several attractions ranging from an adventure mini-golf course and farmyard with live animals to a modern 4-D movie theater. Based on the real-life adventures of the Great Locomotive Chase, the miniature golf course offers 18 holes of fun-filled adventure chasing the stolen General locomotive.
Designed for children, The Great Barn features climbing structures, slides, trampoline floors, and more than 65 interactive games, while the challenging Sky Hike is a fun ropes adventure course for the whole family, where participants choose their own path and level of challenge.
Visitors can climb aboard n open-air train with a full-size 1940s locomotive and enjoy a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain that boasts breathtaking views, or brave Avalanche Alley, Atlanta's only snow-covered 400-foot tubing hill that promises fun for the whole family.
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