Georgia’s most popular tourist attraction covers 3,200 acres of park, lake, and woodlands about 15 miles east of Atlanta proper. It's named for the mountain it straddles. While quite large, it's not the world’s largest free-standing piece of exposed granite as some claim. It’s probably best known for its bas-relief sculpture—which genuinely is the biggest in the world—of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Stone Mountain State Park is one of the top things to do in Atlanta for families. A number of fun, family-friendly and outdoors options include Sky Hike, America's largest adventure course. The Summit Skyride, which takes riders to the top of Stone Mountain, offers gorgeous views of Atlanta and the Appalachians—a must when the fall leaves are turning. If heights make you giddy, the open-air Scenic Railroad takes a less direct but just as beautiful five-mile journey around the peak. There's also an antebellum plantation, a collection of preserved buildings from late 18th to late 19th century Georgia that showcase what plantation life was really like. The park is open year round, but during spring and fall some attractions are open only on weekends.
Parks, Gardens & Cemeteries, Sports and the Outdoors