Blue Ridge Fall Spotlight: Stone Mountain

The largest exposed granite dome in North America, Stone Mountain is simply breathtaking—and a must-see if you are in Atlanta. (Our property Urban Retreat is just 20 miles away, and any of our Blue Ridge Cabins are within day-trip distance.) 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. The area's most popular attration is carved into the mountain itself, a memorial carving that depicts 3 confederate heroes of the civil war: Confederate President Jefferson Davis, General Robert E. Lee, and Lt. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The entire carved surface of the memorial carving measures 3 acres, larger than a football field. The carving of the 3 men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain, the deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow which is 12 feet to the mountain surface.

The neighboring Stone Mountain Park is situated on 3,200 acres of beautiful nature and has a wide range of fun activities for families along with lots of things to do in the Atlanta area of Georgia. Plenty of adventures await, including:

•A 3-story tree house and a 4-story barn, which has trampoline floors, climbing structures and many interactive games.

•The sky-ride to the summit of Stone Mountain, which gives you a close-up look at the Stone Mountain Carving.

•A picturesque train ride circling around the mountain.

•Paddlewheel cruises on Stone Mountain Lake.

•Self-guided tours in the Discovering Stone Mountain Museum.

•Fifteen miles of nature trails, which traverse the mountain’s slope and through the wooded areas.

•The spectacular laser light display, considered to be the largest in the world, along with a finale made up of fabulous fireworks.

There is so much history and beauty in Stone Mountain, Georgia that is just waiting to be discovered. Make sure to include it in your itinerary next time you visit!