Home to Stone Mountain into which the famous Confederate Memorial Carving is etched, the eponymous town is a charming little community near Atlanta in Georgia that thrives on tourism. Known as the gateway to Stone Mountain Park, the town features several beautifully preserved historic buildings, some of which date back to the late 1700s. Visitors can take a thrilling ride to the top of Stone Mountain on the Summit Skyride, explore the surrounding Stone Mountain Park and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities like a Skyhike through the treetops and Great Locomotive Chase Golf. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Stone Mountain Park
Located just outside of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park encompasses 3,200 acres of thick forests and natural vegetation, as well as the world's largest piece of exposed granite, Stone Mountain. Standing over 1,686 feet (514 m) high, the mountain is famous for the enormous bas-relief carving on the north face depicting three important Confederate Army figures from the Civil War – Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. The Park offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and adventures to enjoy. Head to the top of the rock on The Summit Skyride, a high-speed Swiss cable car that offers spectacular passing views of the Confederate Memorial Carving and panoramic vistas of Atlanta’s skyline and the Appalachian Mountains beyond from the summit. Other family-friendly attractions include The Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall, Geyser Towers, Great Locomotive Chase Golf, and a Skyhike through the treetops, amongst others.
1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, Phone: 770-498-5690
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Stone Mountain Park is home to Stone Mountain, a massive dome monadnock of quartz monzonite in Georgia. World-renowned for both its fascinating geology and the immense bas-relief carving on its north face of three Confederate figures from the Civil War – President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and General Stonewall Jackson – Stone Mountain attracts thousands of visitors to the Park every year. Resting at the center of the Park, Stone Mountain was created during the formation of the Blue Ridge Mountains over 350 million years ago and is part of the Appalachian Mountain chain. The Mountain is is more than 5 miles in circumference and over 1,600 feet high, the summit of which can be reached by a walking trail on the west side of the mountain or by the popular Skyride aerial tram. The top of the Mountain is bare rock with a few freshwater rock pools and offers breathtaking views of the Kennesaw Mountain, downtown Atlanta’s skyline, and the Appalachian Mountains on a clear day.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
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3.Washington W. King Bridge (Stone Mountain Covered Bridge)
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The Washington W. King Bridge, previously known as the Stone Mountain Covered Bridge, was constructed by Washington W. King in 1891 to connect College Street with downtown Athens in Georgia and the outlying farmlands across the Oconee River. The bridge was severely damaged twice during 1910 and again in 1963 and was later relocated to Stone Mountain Park where it connects the park with a picturesque island in Stone Mountain Lake. The Washington W. King Bridge is one of only four remaining structures constructed by the King family who owned many businesses around Georgia.
Covered Bridge Ln, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
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4.Art Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Housed in the beautifully renovated Old Trolley Station in the heart of historic Stone Mountain Village, the Art Station is a local community theater that presents an array of performances and multi-disciplinary arts programs. Founded in 1986 by David Thomas, the Arts Station is based in the old terminus for the Atlanta Rapid Transit (ART) trolley car system from Atlanta to Stone Mountain and was named after the historic building. The center offers a wide range of arts-related disciplines, including theater performances, art galleries, arts and crafts, art classes and workshops, lectures and artists series, and special events.
5384 Manor Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, Phone: 770-469-1105
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5.Weeyums Philly Style, Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Weeyums Philly Style is a casual counter-serve eatery that specializes in authentic cheesesteaks, hoagies, and Philadelphia-style sandwiches. Located in the heart of Stone Mountain, the eatery is a favorite with locals for hearty, handmade food made with top-of-the-line ingredients sourced from surrounding farms. The menu features an array of subs and sandwiches with various fillings, burgers and fries, traditional cheesesteaks, hoagies, fresh salads, and special chicken dishes. Weeyums Philly Style is open daily.
900 Main St #3603, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, Phone: 770-322-0000
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6.Pi-bytes, Stone Mountain, Georgia
Pi-bytes is a friendly café that specializes in serving casual cuisine in a warm and welcoming setting with bright décor. Founded by an ex-firefighter, the family-friendly café serves a variety of Italian-style pizzas with a selection of delicious toppings, calzones, traditional lasagna, and a mouth-watering choice of bite-size desserts. The café refines the art of small bites with the dessert menu which boasts small gourmet cupcake-sized pies in decadent flavors like Amaretto German Chocolate Cheesecake. The drinks menu offers non-alcoholic beverages and the café has a pool table for entertainment.
937 Main St, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, Phone: 404-247-1895
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7.Conch City Seafood, Stone Mountain, Georgia
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Conch City Seafood is a casual seafood restaurant on Memorial Drive that serves the freshest seafood and other gourmet cuisine in a relaxed setting. Founded in 2012 by Byron Thompson, who was the son of an avid fisherman and wanted to share his love of seafood, Conch City Seafood has a simple kitchen that turns out incredible dishes like crawfish and crab platters, Southern-style shrimp, conch salads and other authentic conch dishes and an array of sides. The cuisine is accompanied by a range of libations and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
5651 Memorial Dr, Stone Mountain, GA 30083, Phone: 404-508-2205
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7 Best Things to Do in Stone Mountain, Georgia
- Stone Mountain Park, Photo: foreverbluebird/stock.adobe.com
- Stone Mountain, Photo: Ritu Jethani/stock.adobe.com
- Washington W. King Bridge (Stone Mountain Covered Bridge), Photo: Sean Xu/stock.adobe.com
- Art Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia, Photo: Art Station
- Weeyums Philly Style, Stone Mountain, Georgia, Photo: Weeyums Philly Style
- Pi-bytes, Stone Mountain, Georgia, Photo: Pi-bytes
- Conch City Seafood, Stone Mountain, Georgia, Photo: Conch City Seafood
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