Stone Mountain

Day Trips
Located in Atlanta

Relax at our Hidden Valley Lodge in Ellijay, less than 100 miles from breathtaking Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome in North America. Stone Mountain harbors plant and animal life found no other place in the world. Stone Mountain, Georgia, is perched on the edge of the western part of a large belt made up of Lithonia Gneiss granite. The strange thing about this is that the intrusive granite that the mountain is comprised of is younger and completely different from Lithonia granite. Reaching a height of 1,683 feet above sea level, approximately 650-750 feet above Georgia Piedmont, which surrounds it, Stone Mountain is visible from Mount Yonah at its northeast, Amicalola Falls state park on the north, and Kennesaw Mountain in the west.

Several clans and tribes of native people had made the Stone Mountain area their home long before European settlers arrived here. The ancient burial grounds and stone walls are the evidence archeologists have found that prove the existence of many tribes inhabiting the area. The Creek Indians inhabited the Stone Mountain region when the first white explorers arrived here, in the 16th century. Nowadays, Stone Mountain is a quiet and quaint suburb of Atlanta, with its most celebrated tourist attraction being the carving on the mountainside....