Stone Mountain Walk Up Trail
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Difficulty
hike difficulty
7
Length
hike difficulty
2
Duration 1 - 2 hours
Elevation Gain 660 ft.
State Georgia
Park/Forest Stone Mountain Park
Parking Fee $10, $35 annual pass
Blaze None
Nearby City Stone Mountain, GA
Trailhead Coord. 33.81071, -84.161475

Stone Mountain offers the rare treat of an amazing view at just minutes outside of Atlanta. Rising over 800 feet from the surrounding area, on a clear day you can see downtown Atlanta, Kennesaw Mountain, and even some of the Appalachian Mountains. Stone Mountain is also the site of the world largest bas-relief sculpture, depicting Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis. Although the park offers over 6 miles of trails, this hike will focus on the 1 mile walk up to the summit from the west parking area.



There are several large parking areas, but the trail up the mountain begins near the Confederate Hall parking lot. However, arriving at peak morning hours during the warmer months can still mean limited parking. This is one of the busiest attractions in the Atlanta area, so don’t expect solitude. Next to the parking lot are restrooms and water fountains.



Cross the train tracks to start the journey to the top. The path starts off very mild and gradually gets steeper. Stone Mountain, as its name suggests, is one giant rock, and thus the entire trail is rock. About half way up, a covered picnic area is a great place to catch your breath if you’re having trouble at this point. It just gets steeper from here.



A metal railing helps many up the next hill and then it’s only one more steep climb before the top. At the summit is an observation building and the end point to the Summit Skyride, a Swiss cable car transport to the top. One might wonder why they didn’t just ride it to the top instead of walk… All that’s left to do is head back down, which can be just as much of a challenge due to the steep incline.

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GETTING THERE
Trailhead Coordinates
33.81071, -84.161475 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°48.64, W 84°9.69 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°48'39'', W 84°9'41'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)

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Further Directions
The main entrance to the park is Exit 8 off of Stone Mountain Highway/HWY 78.
For the West Gate entrance near Confederate Hall, take Exit 5 instead onto GA-10. Take the first Exit and make a left. Take a left at the light onto James B Rivers Memorial Drive which will take you directly into the park.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Ranger District Information
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
770-498-5690 or 800-401-2407



Cautions & Warnings
This trail is very steep in parts. Use the handrails where provided. This hike is not recommended when it is wet.



Other Information
Don't want to walk back down? Take the Summit Skyride Swiss Cable Car back down. This has an additional cost and will require a 1.4 mile walk back to the trailhead.

Dogs are allowed in the park, but not on the mountain.