Easter Sunrise Service

Experience serenity and peace as Stone Mountain Park presents two simultaneous, inter-denominational Easter services at the top of the mountain and at the base of the mountain on the Memorial Lawn.

Special guests Bryant Wright and Crawford Loritts will be delivering the message at the top of the mountain. Bryant is the Founder and Chairman of Right From The Heart Ministries, an international media ministry, which he began in 1992. He is also the President of the international relief organization, Send Relief. He retired as the founding Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in 2019. Crawford is President and Founder of Beyond Our Generation. He has been a church planter, served for 27 years on the staff of Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), and served for 15 years as Sr. Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell.


Park Gates will open at 3:00 AM and the Summit Skyride will open at 4:00 AM to begin taking guests to the summit. Services will begin at 7:00 AM. Please allow at least an extra hour due to expected large crowds. Both services will feature sign language interpreters for hearing impaired guests.


The event began in 1944 before the land around Stone Mountain was officially owned by the State of Georgia. Lucille A. Lanford, from Stone Mountain First United Methodist Church, suggested that the church’s youth group climb to the top of Stone Mountain on Easter morning to watch the sunrise. The event grew from that one youth group to thousands ascending the mountain every Easter since.


Vehicle entry to the park is $20 for a one-day permit or $40 for an annual permit. Church vans and buses enter free. Skyride fees are $20 for round-trip and $15 for one-way. There are no fees for the walk-up trail to the top of the mountain.

Visitors planning to stay the whole day can enjoy all of Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly attractions, including access to the Skyride, with an Attractions Ticket.

Please note: If you choose a one-way ticket on Skyride, your vehicle will be 1.5 miles from the exit point.
The Skyride Plaza where you board the tram is 1.5 miles from the base of the walk-up trail.

Things To Know


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Easter Sunrise FAQs

What are the timings for the Easter Sunrise Service at Stone Mountain Park?

The Park Gates open at 3:00 AM, and the Summit Skyride starts operating at 4:00 AM to transport guests to the summit. The services begin at 7:00 AM.

What should I wear for the Easter Sunrise Service?

Considering the early morning timing and outdoor setting, it’s recommended to dress in layers to adjust to changing temperatures. Comfortable walking shoes are also advised, especially for those planning to walk up the mountain.

Are there any accommodation facilities nearby for out-of-town visitors?

Yes, the park offers lodging options and camping facilities. Visitors can explore the Stone Mountain Park CampgroundAtlanta Evergreen Lakeside Resort, and The Inn at Stone Mountain Park. We recommend exploring these options in advance due to the high demand during special events.

Is there any provision for hearing-impaired guests?

Yes, both services will feature sign language interpreters for hearing-impaired guests.

Is there special assistance available for elderly or disabled attendees?

Yes, many areas of Stone Mountain Park are accessible to our Guests with disabilities and elderly.  For specific accessibility concerns please ask any of our team members or contact the park directly before your visit.