Overview of Evergreen Hiking Trails

Welcome to Stone Mountain Park, where adventure awaits you on our picturesque hiking trails. Immerse yourself in nature as you explore the Evergreen Hiking Trails, comprised of Bluebird, Hawk, and Heron trails, all conveniently accessible from the same trailhead. Each trail is clearly marked with signs and vibrant colored arrows.

For a leisurely stroll, embark on the Bluebird Trail, the shortest route spanning just half a mile. This beginner-friendly trail is marked with blue signs and offers a relatively level terrain. The Bluebird Trail features an out-and-back path with a charming loop at the end. Along the way, you’ll encounter Look Out Rock, a perfect spot to admire the breathtaking views, as well as a cozy picnic area.

If you’re seeking a slightly more challenging hike, set off on the Hawk Trail, measuring 1.5 miles in length. This trail is marked by red signs and forms a loop that takes you along the shores of Stone Mountain Lake and through forests. Starting alongside the Bluebird Trail, it leads you through captivating landscapes, including the notable landmarks of Gospel Oaks and Pride Rock, both conveniently indicated by trail signs.

For a more extensive adventure, embark on the Heron Trail, the longest among the three, stretching just over 1 mile. Blazed in vibrant green, this trail is best experienced by following a counterclockwise route to ensure clear guidance along this beloved path. The Heron Trail initially follows the path of the Hawk Trail, but in the opposite direction, before branching off into a scenic loop trail towards the west.

Trail Information

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Distance:
Bluebird Trail: .5 miles
Heron Trail: 1 mile
Hawk Trail: 1.5 miles

Duration:
Bluebird Trail: 15 – 30 minutes
Heron Trail: 45 min – 1 hour
Hawk Trail: 1 hour


Difficulty:
Bluebird Trail: Beginner, mulched tread
Heron Trail: Moderate, dirt tread
Hawk Trail: Moderate, dirt tread

Parking and Trailhead Access

To access the Evergreen Hiking Trails, you’ll need to park at the Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort within Stone Mountain Park. Upon entering the Main Gate, take the first left onto Stonewall Jackson Drive. This scenic drive will take you past the Stonemont Golf Course and Stone Mountain Park Campgrounds before you reach the Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort, with plenty of parking available on your right. 

Directions to Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort

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

Ensure you are dressed in comfortable attire suitable for outdoor activities. Opt for robust and comfortable footwear like hiking boots or athletic shoes with good grip. It’s also advisable to carry sunscreen and insect repellent to shield your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and potential bug bites.

Safety Tips

Stick to designated hiking trails and adhere to any posted signs or markers. Venturing off the trail may result in getting lost or causing harm to the environment. Take breaks whenever necessary and maintain a comfortable pace while hiking. Inform others about your location and consider going with a hiking companion.

Weather Considerations

Before embarking on your journey, check the weather forecast and be mindful of the time of year. Georgia experiences hot and humid summers, along with mild winters. Temperatures can also fluctuate based on the time of day you’re visiting. Consider wearing lightweight and breathable fabrics and layer your clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions.

Evergreen Hiking Trail FAQs

Are all the Evergreen Trails suitable for young children?

The Bluebird Trail is part of the Evergreen Trails and is perfect for older guests or families with young children. Along the way, you’ll encounter engaging features like balance beams, birdhouses, and picnic tables. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for animal tracks in the designated game tracking area. Enjoy the scenic vistas from Look Out Rock before looping back on this short but scenic jaunt. The Heron and Hawk Trails might be too challenging for young children.

Are there restroom facilities along the Evergreen Trails?

Guests of Atlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort will appreciate easy access to the Evergreen Trails and the convenience of restroom facilities in the resort. Stone Mountain Park guests who are not staying at the resort can access restroom facilities at the Public Boat Launch parking lot, a quick drive from the Evergreen Trails

Are there picnic spots along the Evergreen Trails?

Yes, the Evergreen Trails feature multiple picnic areas to enjoy a meal or a hiking break with family and friends.

What wildlife might we encounter on the Evergreen Trails?

The Evergreen Trails at Stone Mountain Park feature a variety of local wildlife, including popular songbirds, woodland creatures who call these forests home, and waterfowl who spend time on the shores of Stone Mountain Lake.

Can I bring a stroller to the Evergreen Trail?

The three Evergreen Trails are not easily traversable with strollers, and we recommend guests choose alternative options and wear comfortable shoes when exploring these trails.

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