Overview of King’s Hiking Trail

Visit King’s Trail at Indian Island and embark on a scenic adventure as you journey through a serene, wooded area with captivating lake views. This hiking trail offers a peaceful escape into nature, surrounded by towering trees and a lush forest canopy. As you meander along the trail, you’ll catch glimpses of the shimmering lake through breaks in the foliage. The trail winds along the shoreline of Stone Mountain Lake, providing intermittent vistas that showcase the tranquil beauty of the water. Immerse yourself in the harmonious blend of rustling leaves, gentle breezes, and the soothing sounds of gently lapping waves. This trail offers a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature, enjoy the solitude of the woods, and admire the serene shoreline views.

Interspersed along the King’s Trail include picnic areas, benches, and rocky outcroppings where you can pause to take in the scenery. King’s Trail at Indian Island features dirt tread paths suitable for all ages, including families with young children. The 1-mile trail meanders along the shoreline of Indian Island in a gently sloping loop and even features a connecting path that takes you on an additional journey through the heart of the island. Perfect for families looking for a quick outdoor activity, this trail is short in distance and features a low level of difficulty. It allows families to enjoy the natural surroundings without requiring a significant time commitment or physical exertion. With ample tree cover, King’s Trail provides relief from the sun’s heat, making it comfortable for families, especially during the hot summer months. The shade also adds a pleasant ambiance to the hiking experience.

Trail Information

Download King’s Trail at Indian Island Hiking Trail Map PDF

1 mile

30 minutes – 1 hour

Easy, Family-Friendly

This family-friendly hiking trail offers convenient parking and invites you to enjoy a relaxing picnic on Indian Island, complete with picturesque views of the lake. After finding the perfect spot to settle down, take in the beautiful surroundings and savor the tranquility of the water. As you begin your journey, be sure to make a stop near the Covered Bridge, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking scenic views of the lake. The trail provides an ideal balance of natural beauty, picnic areas, and captivating sights, making it an excellent choice for a leisurely outdoor adventure with family and friends. Don’t forget your camera to capture the memorable moments along this delightful trail.

Parking and Trailhead Access

To access the King’s Trail at Indian Island, you’ll need to park at one of two convenient locations within Stone Mountain Park:

  • King’s Trail Parking Lot: Cross the Covered Bridge and into a small parking lot at the trailhead of King’s Trail on Indian Island. Drive with caution, as the Covered Bridge only allows one-way travel for vehicles coming and going. Directions to King’s Trail Parking Lot 
  • Grist Mill Parking Lot: Located at the roundabout on Robert E. Lee Blvd, the Grist Mill Parking Lot serves as the main parking area for visitors to the Grist Mill and as overflow parking for access to Indian Island. A short walking trail connects the Grist Mill Parking Lot to the entrance of the Covered Bridge, which includes a walking path separated from vehicle traffic. Directions to Grist Mill Parking Lot

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

To fully enjoy your adventure on King’s Trail, it’s essential to come prepared. Make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes or boots that provide good traction, as the terrain can be uneven and rocky. It’s a great idea to pack an ample supply of water, snacks, and a fully charged cell phone in case of emergencies. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, bring insect repellent, and wear a hat to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

Safety Tips

Follow the marked trail on Indian Island, denoted with colorful hash marks, that take you on a 1-mile loop. You can also check out the King’s Trail map at the trailhead. By taking these simple precautions, you’ll be ready to make the most of your time on King’s Trail and have a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

Weather Considerations

Before heading out, check the weather forecast for Stone Mountain. Be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions and pack appropriate clothing or gear. Avoid hiking during severe weather or thunderstorms. Remember that summers in Georgia are often hot and humid, so it is best to wear comfortable clothing suitable for the forecast. 

King’s Trail at Indian Island FAQs

Is the King’s Trail suitable for young children?

Yes, King’s Trail at Indian Island is a popular trail for families with children of all ages, including young children. Much of the 1-mile trail features even terrain with small hills and clearly marked trails along the shoreline.

Are there restroom facilities along the King’s Trail?

The nearest restrooms to King’s Trail are located next to the Grist Mill Parking Lot.

Are there picnic spots along the King’s Trail?

This trail includes designated picnic areas or scenic spots where families can take a break, relax, and enjoy a packed lunch or snacks. It offers a combination of hiking and leisure, making it ideal for a family day out.

What wildlife might we encounter on the King’s Trail?

While hiking along the shores of Stone Mountain Lake, you may spot various wildlife, including ducks, geese, turtles, and other waterfowl. Indian Island is also home to many native bird species.

Can I bring a stroller to the King’s Trail?

Strollers are not recommended for King’s Trail because of the uneven terrain and proximity to the Stone Mountain Lake shoreline.

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