This summer, we took a family camping trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia. It was our first time camping with kids and I was worried about them getting bored. However, that didn’t happen. There were so many things to do at Stone Mountain that we didn’t get to do everything that we wanted to!
I bought Stone Mountain All-Attractions Pass tickets at the same time I booked our campsite. This ticket kept us busy for an entire day and we didn’t even get to do everything that was included on the pass!
In addition to the paid attractions, there were plenty of free things to do at Stone Mountain. We spent a whole day enjoying the free attractions and again, there just wasn’t enough time to do everything that we hoped to.
Things to do at Stone Mountain
This is probably the most popular attraction at Stone Mountain. It’s the cable car that takes you to the top of the mountain, allowing you to get a close-up look at the carving on your way. Once you’re at the top of the mountain, you can walk around and check out the great views of the Atlanta skyline and the Appalachian Mountains. There are plenty of great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!
(View of the carving from the Summit Skyride.)
(The Skyride heading up to the top of the mountain. This was from our first trip in December.)
(She was Queen of the Mountain.)
One of the other popular things to do at Stone Mountain for both kids and adults is a ride on the scenic railroad. A giant 1940s locomotive fitted with open-air cars takes you around the base of the mountain and gives a little bit of the history along the way. The ride takes about 25-30 minutes from start to finish. In addition to checking out the landscape, the train stops for a short skit on the back side of the mountain. Riding the train is a relaxing way to see and learn more about the park!
(Pictures don’t do justice to show how BIG this train is!)
(We watched a skit performed at the ‘town’ behind the mountain.)
Escape the heat and rest your feet at the 4-D theater. We donned our 3-D glasses and settled in to watch the dinosaurs of ‘The Lost World 4-D’ movie. Lasting less than an hour, the movie was fast-paced, funny, and perfect for kids. We were grateful for the opportunity to sit down for a bit and even more grateful for the air conditioning inside the theater.
(Picture borrowed from Google since I didn’t take any myself )
(We saw Rudolph in 4-D on our December visit to the park. This picture is also courtesy of Google.)
The SkyHike is one of the more thrilling things to do at Stone Mountain. We braved our fear of heights climbing on the ropes, swinging bridges, balance beams, and nets high in the air. The kids and I did the whole first level of the SkyHike, which is 12 feet off the ground before we went back down. The other half of our group chose to do the upper levels which are 24 and 40 feet high! What better way to explore the mountain than from the tree-tops!
(Even though they were terrified, the kids made it all the way through the SkyHike!)
(It was a little less scary when Pop was next to her.)
(Even my youngest made it through the first level of the SkyHike!)
Camp Highland Outpost
If the SkyHike is a little too scary for you, there is a low rope course at Camp Highland Outpost. The girls and I went through it while waiting for the others to finish the higher levels of the SkyHike. There is also a rock wall at Camp Highland where you can race an opponent to the top! If none of those options sound like fun for you, there are plenty of benches and shady spots to sit and take a break.
(The rock wall at the Outpost is perfect for kids and adults!)
(We played on the low rope course while waiting for the others to finish the top levels of the SkyHike.)
My kids were most excited about Geyser Towers. We put their swimsuits on under their clothes and they couldn’t wait for us to tell them it was time to go get wet! They climbed up through the levels of rope bridges and net tunnels while the geyser erupted and rained down it’s cool water on them. The grown-ups in our group didn’t want to wear soggy clothes for the rest of the day, so we opted to sit on the benches and enjoy the shade instead. However, there is plenty of room for grown-ups on Geyser Towers if you choose to get wet too!
(These pictures are courtesy of Stone Mountain Park, since I was too tired to take my own by this point )
(Geyser Towers was our kids favorite part of the day!)
By that afternoon, the kids were hot, tired, and grumpy, so we decided to head back to the campground and let everyone take a break. There were other attractions included on our pass that we never got around to:
Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Mini Golf
Discovering Stone Mountain Museum
While these attractions are free once you enter the park, everyone has to pay a $20 daily parking fee per vehicle.
Stone Mountain Lake
While Stone Mountain Lake is NOT open for swimming, you are able to fish, canoe, kayak, or paddle board. We spent a few hours one afternoon fishing and kayaking on the lake. We were able to do this for free because we brought our own kayaks. However, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards at the boathouse. You can check the fishing section of the Stone Mountain website for more information.
(View of the back side of the mountain from a kayak in Stone Mountain Lake.)
The Stone Mountain Lasershow was one of the highlights of our camping trip. For 45 minutes, we watched the mountain carving come alive as images dance across it. Complete with drones, flame cannons, fireworks, and iconic music the Stone Mountain Lasershow is not to be missed!
(Sorry for the blurry pictures – I only had my cell phone with me.)
(These pictures do NO justice to the Lasershow at Stone Mountain. You really don’t want to miss it!)
The Grist Mill & Covered Bridge
Make sure to take some time to see the grist mill and covered bridge while you are at Stone Mountain. We saw the mill on our first visit to Stone Mountain in December and during this trip in the summer, we were able to kayak over to the bridge instead of drive. There are covered pavilions, making this a great spot for a picnic during your day at the park.
(This picture was taken during our December trip to Stone Mountain, when the leaves were still in their fall colors )
(The view of Stone Mountain Lake from the bridge.)
We didn’t get to do any hiking on either of our trips to Stone Mountain. There are 15 miles of walking and hiking trails throughout the park, including a one-mile hike to the top of the mountain. Choose one of the 7 trails to experience the nature of Stone Mountain. You can also walk, jog, or bike the paved route around the base of the mountain.
(Though it’s not from a hike, this view of our campsite gives you a glimpse of the terrain you can expect at Stone Mountain.)
Have a Picnic
We did all of our picnic-ing at the campsite, so that we didn’t have to haul food around with us. However, there are 2 dedicated picnic areas at Stone Mountain – the Studdard Picnic Area and the Triangle Picnic Area. There are more than 200 picnic tables available at the Studdard Picnic Area alone. So no matter how busy you think the park may be, there will be plenty of room for your picnic!
(This picture is courtesy of Stone Mountain Park.)
We saw at 2 different playgrounds while we were at Stone Mountain. The first one we saw was on the drive to the hotel and the other was at the campground. Both were typical playgrounds with slides, swings, and plenty of room to run around.
(No matter where we are, my kids want to test out their playground.)
There are several other things to do at Stone Mountain that we didn’t get around to (or didn’t have any interest in *cough* golf *cough*). The big list of things to do at Stone Mountain continues with:
Bike & Segway Tours
Ride the Ducks
I don’t think it’s possible to run out of things to do at Stone Mountain! We have visited the park twice and still haven’t seen everything that it has to offer. Hopefully, there’s another trip or two to the Georgia mountain in our future!