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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