This summer, we met my family in Georgia to camp at Stone Mountain. It was our first time camping with kids and I was worried about them getting bored.
But that didn’t happen, because there are so many things to do at Stone Mountain!
I bought Stone Mountain All-Attractions Pass tickets when I booked our campsite. This ticket kept us busy the entire weekend and we didn’t even get to do everything that was included on it!
In addition to the paid attractions, there are 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 along the 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 beginnings of the Appalachian Mountain Range.
There are plenty of great photo opportunities, so don’t forget your camera!
One of the other popular things to do at Stone Mountain is to take 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 you a little bit of the history along the way. The ride takes about 25-30 minutes from start to finish and is a relaxing way to see the park!
Escape the heat and rest your feet at Stone Mountain’s 4-D theater! The movie lasts less than an hour and is 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.
The SkyHike is one of the more thrilling things to do at Stone Mountain! We braved our fear of heights by climbing on ropes, swinging bridges, balance beams, and nets high in the air.
The kids and I did the first level of the SkyHike, which is 12 feet off the ground before we went back down. And the other half of our group chose to do the upper levels which are 24 and 40 feet high!
What better way to see the mountain than from the tree-tops?
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!
And if none of those options sound like fun to you, there are plenty of benches and shady spots to sit and take a break.
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 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. But there is plenty of room for adults 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.)
By the afternoon, the kids were hot, tired, and grumpy, so we decided to head back to the campground and let everyone take a break.
However, these were the attractions included on the All Attractions Pass that we never got around to:
- Dinosaur Explore
- Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Mini Golf
- Historic Square
- Discovering Stone Mountain Museum
The following attractions don’t require a pass and are free. However, there is a $20 entrance fee to the park for ‘daily parking’.
Stone Mountain Lake
While Stone Mountain Lake is NOT open for swimming, you can fish, canoe, kayak, or paddle board.
We spent an afternoon fishing and kayaking on the lake during our camping trip. It was free because we brought our kayaks. However, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards at the boathouse.
The Stone Mountain Laser Show was one of the highlights of our trip!
For 45 minutes, we watched the mountain carving come alive as images danced across it. Complete with drones, flame cannons, fireworks, and iconic music, the Stone Mountain Laser Show was spectacular!
The Grist Mill & Covered Bridge
Make sure to take some time to see the grist mill and covered bridge while you’re 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 also covered pavilions, making this a great spot for a picnic during your day at the park.
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 immerse yourself in nature at Stone Mountain.
You can also walk, jog, or bike the paved route around the base of the mountain.
Have a Picnic
We did all of our picnicking at our campsite. However, there are 2 dedicated picnic areas at Stone Mountain – the Studdard Picnic Area and the Triangle Picnic Area.
The Studdard Picnic Area has more than 200 picnic tables! So no matter how busy you think the park may be, there will likely be plenty of room for your picnic!
There are several other things at Stone Mountain that we didn’t get around to. This big list of things to do continues with:
- REI Boathouse
- 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 will be another trip or two to this Georgia mountain in the future!