Muscogee Hiking Trail

Overview of the Muscogee Trail

Discover Muscogee Trail, one of the most secluded pathways at Stone Mountain, affectionately known as “The Trail Between the Lakes.” Before Europeans came to this area of Georgia, Stone Mountain was a gathering place and landmark for the Muscogee Creek Indians. In recognition of the indigenous people who once inhabited the lands surrounding Stone Mountain, this trail has been named in honor of the Muscogee Creek Indians.

The Muscogee Trail offers a unique experience as it takes you on a loop through a picturesque landscape of hardwoods. The trail offers a diverse terrain that caters to different preferences. Approximately half of the trail features a smooth and wide path, perfect for leisurely strolls and easy walking with your family and friends. This section allows for relaxed conversations, observation of wildlife, and enjoying the company of your loved ones amidst the serene surroundings.

The other half of the trail provides a more technical challenge as it winds along the water’s edge. This portion of the trail offers a closer connection with nature, with occasional changes in grade, roots crossing the path, and the presence of native granite. While still suitable for beginners, this section adds an element of excitement and adventure, making the hike engaging for both children and adults.

Throughout your journey on the Muscogee Trail, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in various activities. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be thrilled by the diverse avian species that call this area home. Keep your eyes peeled for colorful feathers, and listen to the melodic songs echoing through the trees. During the fall season, the trail comes alive with vibrant hues as the foliage transforms into a kaleidoscope of reds, oranges, and yellows. It’s a perfect time to capture memorable photos and appreciate the beauty of nature’s artwork.

Trail Information

Link to PDF trail map

Distance: 1.5 miles

Duration: 20 – 30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Starting from the parking area, you’ll embark on a slow and gradual climb along a wide and smooth path, heading towards the northeast. Along the way, you’ll encounter some gentle grade changes as you cross a few ditches. Eventually, you’ll arrive at a short spur trail that leads you to the edge of the serene lake.

Features

The return journey follows the lake’s edge, offering a more technical experience. This section of the trail features frequent grade changes, roots crossing the path, and an abundance of native granite. Muscogee Trail presents a beautiful hiking opportunity that is suitable for beginners and perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll amidst the native stone and hardwoods. Enjoy the tranquility and natural beauty this trail has to offer!

Parking and Trailhead Access

This beginner-friendly and family-friendly trail is designed to accommodate a range of skill levels while offering an enjoyable experience for all. You can access the trailhead conveniently on Jefferson Davis Drive, just south of the main gate. Parking is available on the right side of the road at the trailhead: Directions to Muscogee Trail Parking

  • Emergency call boxes are located along the trail and in the parking lot.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Walk-Up Trail.
  • This trail is not recommended for people with limiting physical conditions and is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn.
  • The mountain is very slippery when wet.

Trail Rules and Regulations

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please observe the following rules and regulations:

  • Stay on designated trails and do not create new paths
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times
  • Dispose of trash properly and leave no trace
  • Respect other hikers and yield to uphill traffic

How to Prepare for Your Hike

Necessary Gear

When you embark on this family-friendly trail through the forest and along the shores of a lake, it’s important to have some essential gear with you. Dress in layers for weather-appropriate clothing and hiking boots or comfortable shoes with good traction. Plan to stay hydrated by carrying an adequate amount of water and pack some nutritious snacks for your hike. Other helpful gear to bring on a hike include sunscreen and insect repellent.

Safety Tips

While enjoying your family-friendly hike on the Muscogee Trail, it’s essential to prioritize safety. Stick to the marked trail to avoid getting lost or wandering into unsafe areas. Be mindful of your footing, especially if the trail has obstacles like rocks or roots. Take your time and watch out for slippery sections, especially when near the lake. If hiking with children, ensure they are always accompanied by adults. Remind them of basic trail etiquette, such as staying close, not wandering off, and respecting wildlife. While observing wildlife can be exciting, maintain a safe distance and do not feed or approach them. Respect their natural habitats and avoid any sudden movements that may startle them.

Weather Considerations

Before heading out, it’s crucial to consider the weather conditions. Look up the weather forecast for the day of your hike. Avoid hiking during severe weather conditions like thunderstorms or heavy rainfall. Bring a rain jacket or poncho if there’s a chance of rain. Hot and humid weather can lead to dehydration. Ensure you have an adequate water supply for everyone in your group, especially on warm days.

Muscogee Trail FAQs

Are pets allowed on the Muscogee Trail?

Yes, dogs are allowed on the Muscogee Trail, though they must be on a leash.

Are there restroom facilities along the Muscogee Trail?

The nearest restroom facilities to the Muscogee Trail are located near the Historic Square parking lot adjacent to The Inn at Stone Mountain Park.

Are there picnic spots along the Muscogee Trail?

Yes, there are many places to stop and enjoy a picnic while hiking the Muscogee Trail, particularly along the shores of Stone Mountain Lake.

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Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain

While on top, 1,683 feet above sea level, enjoy amazing views of downtown Atlanta, the North Georgia mountains and the surrounding area. On a haze-free day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain.

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Hiking Trails

Stone Mountain Park features 15 miles of hiking and walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy the 5-mile trail around the base, the 1-mile trail to the summit and more!

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Walk, Jog or Bike

Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can circle the mountain on a 5 mile loop. Motor vehicle traffic is one-way on the back side of the mountain with wide, dedicated lanes for jogging and biking.

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A FAMILY VACATION DESTINATION

The Best Things To Do In Atlanta Are At Stone Mountain Park!

Explore a wide variety of fun family activities, exciting seasonal events and more at the home of the best things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Dining

From full service restaurants to quick-service concessions, Stone Mountain Park offers a wide variety of locations where you can fill your stomach and quench your thirst.

Shopping

Stone Mountain Park is home to a variety of unique shops featuring handmade crafts and signature souvenirs for every member of the family.

Festivals & Events

Don’t miss exciting annual events at Stone Mountain Park like the Yellow Daisy Festival, Pumpkin Festival: Play by Day, Glow by Night, Stone Mountain Christmas and more! With something every season, there’s always plenty of things to do in Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park.

Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain

Overview of the Walk-Up Trail

Welcome to the Stone Mountain Walk-Up Trail, the only walking trail for reaching the summit of Stone Mountain! This trail spans approximately one mile and offers a moderate yet rewarding hike with an elevation gain of about 700 feet. As you make your way up, you’ll notice a consistent incline throughout the trail, with slightly steeper sections closer to the top. To ensure you stay on track, the trail is clearly marked with yellow blazes painted on the stone.

Throughout your hike, you’ll be treated to glimpses of the surrounding natural splendor. The trail offers picturesque glimpses of the Atlanta skyline, showcasing the city’s towering buildings against the backdrop of the expansive sky. The sight of Stone Mountain Lake adds a touch of serenity to the landscape, as its tranquil waters mirror the surrounding beauty.

Reaching the summit of Stone Mountain rewards you with an expansive 360-degree view that stretches as far as the eye can see. Take a moment to soak in the magnificent sight of the Atlanta skyline and gaze upon the tranquil expanse of Stone Mountain Lake. In the distance, the silhouette of mountains adds a touch of grandeur to the horizon.

Whether you’re an avid nature lover, a photography enthusiast, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, the views along the Walk-Up Trail and at the mountain’s summit will leave you in awe. The beauty of the surroundings serves as a reminder of the wonders of the natural world and provides a picturesque backdrop for creating lasting memories with your family and friends.

Trail Information

Link to PDF trail map

Distance: 1 mile

Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate/Hard

On average, it takes about thirty minutes to an hour to reach the summit at a moderate and steady pace. However, feel free to set your own pace. If you’re feeling energetic and want to challenge yourself, you can aim to complete the hike in just twenty minutes. Not only is the trail a great way to exercise, but it also provides ample opportunities to admire the fascinating sights along the way. Take your time, soak in the scenery, and make the most of this enjoyable journey!

During your hike, it’s worth keeping in mind that the trail surface consists of smooth granite. When wet or covered in sand or pine needles, it can become slippery, so exercise caution as you traverse these areas. While some sections feature grades steeper than 20%, metal handrails are in place to assist you along the way.

Parking and Trailhead Access

Due to the popularity of the Walk-Up Trail, there are two main parking areas to accommodate visitors:

  • Emergency call boxes are located along the trail and in the parking lot.
  • Pets are not allowed on the Walk-Up Trail.
  • This trail is not recommended for people with limiting physical conditions and is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Appropriate footwear should be worn.
  • The mountain is very slippery when wet.

Trail Rules and Regulations

To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, please observe the following rules and regulations:

  • Stay on designated trails and do not create new paths
  • Keep pets on a leash at all times
  • Dispose of trash properly and leave no trace
  • Respect other hikers and yield to uphill traffic

Walk Up Trail FAQs

What is the Walk-Up Trail at Stone Mountain Park?

The Walk-Up Trail at Stone Mountain Park is a 1.3-mile (2.1 km) hiking trail that takes you to the summit of Stone Mountain, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

How long does it take to hike the Walk-Up Trail?

The hike typically takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour one way, depending on your fitness level and pace. Plan for about 2 hours round trip, including time spent at the summit.

Is the Walk-Up Trail suitable for all ages and fitness levels?

The trail is rated as moderate, with some steep and rocky sections. It is recommended for individuals with a reasonable level of fitness and may not be suitable for young children or those with mobility issues.

Are pets allowed on the Walk-Up Trail?

Please note that pets are not permitted on the Walk-Up Trail, so make sure to leave your furry friends at home or explore alternative pet-friendly trails in the vicinity.

Are there restroom facilities along the Walk-Up Trail?

Yes, there are restrooms available at the trailhead near the parking lot. Restrooms are also available at the summit of Stone Mountain.

Are there picnic spots along the Walk-Up Trail?

There are many spots to pause and take a break, including a covered pavilion affectionately known as the ‘Halfway House’ at the .6-mile mark

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More Stone Mountain Park Hikes to Enjoy

 Recreation

Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain

While on top, 1,683 feet above sea level, enjoy amazing views of downtown Atlanta, the North Georgia mountains and the surrounding area. On a haze-free day, you can see 60 miles from the mountain.

More Details



 Recreation

Hiking Trails

Stone Mountain Park features 15 miles of hiking and walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy the 5-mile trail around the base, the 1-mile trail to the summit and more!

More Details



 Recreation

Walk, Jog or Bike

Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can circle the mountain on a 5 mile loop. Motor vehicle traffic is one-way on the back side of the mountain with wide, dedicated lanes for jogging and biking.

More Details



A FAMILY VACATION DESTINATION

The Best Things To Do In Atlanta Are At Stone Mountain Park!

Explore a wide variety of fun family activities, exciting seasonal events and more at the home of the best things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

Dining

From full service restaurants to quick-service concessions, Stone Mountain Park offers a wide variety of locations where you can fill your stomach and quench your thirst.

Shopping

Stone Mountain Park is home to a variety of unique shops featuring handmade crafts and signature souvenirs for every member of the family.

Festivals & Events

Don’t miss exciting annual events at Stone Mountain Park like the Yellow Daisy Festival, Pumpkin Festival: Play by Day, Glow by Night, Stone Mountain Christmas and more! With something every season, there’s always plenty of things to do in Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park.

Walk, Jog or Bike

Walkers, joggers, and bicyclists can circle the mountain on a 5 mile loop.

Motor vehicle traffic is one-way on the back side of the mountain with wide, dedicated lanes for jogging and biking. Where Robert E. Lee Blvd. has two-way traffic, walkers and joggers must use the sidewalk, not the paved motor vehicle lanes.

Bicyclists can ride along the paved roadways inside the Park. There is a dedicated bicycle lane on Robert E. Lee Blvd. on the back side of the mountain. Bikers must ride single file and follow all traffic laws. Bikes are permitted during daylight hours and after dark with proper lights. Helmets are required for all riders under age 16. Bikes and other motorized vehicles (including scooters) are not allowed on the mountain, sidewalks, or any unpaved nature or hiking trails. There are no mountain biking trails inside the park.

Public restrooms are located along Robert E. Lee Boulevard at the base of the Walk-up Trail, Skyride parking lot, and Grist Mill.

Access to the park is included with a daily or annual parking pass.



Organized Walks and Runs


Please click here for information on hosting a walk or run event at Stone Mountain Park.

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Hiking Trails

Stone Mountain Park features 15 miles of hiking and walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Enjoy the 5-mile trail around the base, the 1-mile trail to the summit and more! Get individual trail maps and information below, or download the complete trail map.

Access to the park trails is included with a daily or annual parking pass.

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Individual Trail Maps

Cherokee Trail – Learn More

Walk-Up Trail – Learn More

Nature Gardens Trail – Learn More

Evergreen Trails – Learn More

Songbird Habitat Trail – Learn More

King’s Trail At Indian Island – Learn More

Trail of the Muscogee – Learn More

Complete Trail Map – View Map

Fishing in Stone Mountain Lake

Fishing is permitted in Stone Mountain Lake from 6:00 AM until midnight. There are five types of fish in the lake: bass, carp, crappie, catfish, and bream.

Private boats are allowed on the lake each day of the week during daylight hours. Boats must be launched from the Public Boat Ramp located near the Evergreen Pavilion. Outboard motors in excess of 10 hp are not allowed on the lake. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on any privately-owned boat. For a detailed overview of park ordinances (sections 4-102 & 4-103), click here.

Access to the park is included with a daily or annual parking pass and you must also have a valid Georgia Fishing License in order to fish.



Please Note:

  • Fishing from bridges, Park docks, the Evergreen Pavilion, golf courses and beach areas is prohibited.
  • No private boats are allowed on the lake before or after daylight hours.
  • All motorized boats must be registered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
  • Boats must be equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices for each person on-board and at least one (1) throwable device.
  • Boats may only be launched from the Private Boat Ramp on Stonewall Jackson Drive (near the entrance to Evergreen).
  • Park-owned boats have right-of-way over all other boats.

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Triangle Picnic Area

The Triangle Picnic Area is located on Robert E. Lee Blvd. and is the closest public picnic area to the Crossroads area. Public use tables are available on a first come, first serve basis. This area is also used for overflow parking on busy days.

Access to the park is included with a daily or annual parking pass.



Please Note:

  • Private grills can be used in the public picnic areas only.
  • Private outside catering is never allowed in Stone Mountain Park.
  • No more than six picnic tables and the immediate area around those tables can be used by a single group.
  • Sound Systems of any kind cannot carry sound more than 50 feet from the system per SMP Noise Ordinance 5-109.

Capacity: Limit of six (6) tables can be used by a single group.

Restroom Access: Closest restrooms are located between the Railroad and Twin Oaks Pavilions.

Cost for Public Picnic Areas: Free with paid daily or annual parking.

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Two 18-Hole Golf Courses

Enjoy 36 Holes of Championship Golf!

Located in one of the most popular attractions in Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, just minutes from downtown Atlanta, Stone Mountain Golf Club features two championship golf courses and offers scenic views of historic Stone Mountain and Stone Mountain Lake.

What makes Stone Mountain Golf Club such a remarkable experience is the unique personalities of its two courses. The Stonemont Course is a classic challenge that places emphasis on accuracy and strategic course management. The Lakemont Course complements Stonemont with a less demanding, target-oriented layout and exquisite views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding lake.

Stonemont Course
Designed and built in 1969 by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Sr., this masterpiece has offered a pure test of golf from all tees since its inception. The Stonemont Course at Stone Mountain Golf Club has played host to numerous national, professional events as well as Georgia amateur championships.

The Stonemont Course is laid out over gently rolling and cantered fairways of premier Bermuda grass and greens of immaculate bent grass. The par 70 layout stretches 6,863 yards, and is challenging with its narrow fairways, strategically placed bunkers and numerous stands of Georgia pines.

Lakemont Course
Georgia native John LaFoy designed the Lakemont Course at Stone Mountain Golf Club. It features incredible views of Stone Mountain and the lake.

The front 9 holes of the Lakemont Course wind around Stone Mountain Lake, with six holes having water in play. The back 9 offers beautiful holes with rock outcroppings and four holes where water comes into play. LaFoy’s penchant for mounding and dramatic bunkering is evident throughout the course. The dramatic elevation changes offer a unique ambiance that appeals to every golfer.



Other Features and Amenities
The Commons is not only home to the golf pro shop, but also to a full-service restaurant and two meeting/banquet rooms. The Commons Restaurant offers lunch and dinner, as well as a Sunday brunch. Stroll out onto the veranda for dramatic views of Stone Mountain Lake and the number one fairway of the Lakemont course; or relax in our lounge after a full day of golf.

The location is also an excellent choice for small meetings. Our banquet facilities can accommodate up to 150 guests for business or pleasure, and we are always available for any size corporate or group golf tournaments and outings.

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Studdard Picnic Area

The Studdard Picnic Area is located across from the Marnia Complex on Robert E. Lee Blvd. and is the largest public picnic area in the Park with over 200 tables. Public use tables are available on a first come, first serve basis. Public use grills are also available to be shared by several groups.

Access to the park is included with a daily or annual parking pass.



Please Note:

  • Private grills can be used in the public picnic areas only. Please do not put grills on picnic tables.
  • Private outside catering is never allowed in Stone Mountain Park.
  • No more than six picnic tables and the immediate area around those tables can be used by a single group.
  • Sound Systems of any kind cannot carry sound more than 50 feet from the system per SMP Noise Ordinance 5-109.

Capacity: Limit of six (6) tables can be used by a single group.

Restroom Access: Temporary restrooms are located in the area. Closest permanent restrooms are located near the Memorial Lawn

Cost for Public Picnic Areas: Free with paid daily or annual parking

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