Fun Things to Do in Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park

Dating back to 1838 when Aaron Cloud built the first tourist attraction on top of the mountain, Stone Mountain Park has always been a destination for fun. With its breathtaking views of the city, the mountain is the most-visited attraction in Georgia. Although the walk-up trail is one of the most popular and notable activities at the Park, it’s just one of many fun things to do in Atlanta at Stone Mountain Park. Below are just a few of the activities and events that our guests love!


Family Fun

Adventure awaits at the Park with over a dozen attractions that your kids will love. Trek through the treetops on SkyHike®, one of the country’s largest outdoor adventure courses or wander through Dinosaur Explore, an interactive exhibit full of giant dinos, paleontology tents, a dinosaur feeding wall, and more!

Explore SkyHike  |  Explore Dinos

Ride the Scenic Railroad

One of the most iconic attractions at Stone Mountain Park is the Scenic Railroad. This full-size locomotive is from the 1940s and has several open-air cars for passengers. The train travels five miles around the base of the mountain, allowing riders to take in the beautiful views for the entirety of the trip, which lasts around 25 to 35 minutes. Board the train at Marketplace Depot in Crossroads, where you can also get a list of departure times. Everyone in your party is sure to enjoy riding the Scenic Railroad at Stone Mountain!

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Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf

Who doesn’t love miniature golf!? Young and old alike are sure to enjoy the 18-hole course that is based on the real-life story of the stolen General Locomotive. Located in Crossroads, the Great Locomotive Chase adventure golf course will entertain everyone in your group and is sure to be an experience that generates some playful competition.

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Recreational Activities

Walk-Up the Mountain

As one of the Park’s most frequented activities, the walk-up trail that takes you to the top of the mountain leads to incredible views of Atlanta and the Appalachian Mountains. On a clear day, you can see 60 miles away! The top of the mountain is 1,686 feet above sea level and the walking trail is open from dawn until dusk. Too tired to walk back down after enjoying the views? Ride the Summit Skyride, a high-speed Swiss cable car, to get to the base of the mountain without the cardio. You can also take the Summit Skyride up the mountain in case anyone in your party isn’t up for the walking trail.

Walk-Up Trail  |  Summit Skyride

Two Eighteen-Hole Gold Courses

Stone Mountain Golf Club is one of Atlanta’s premier golf experiences. Two courses are located within the Park itself, giving you direct access to championship golf courses alongside scenic views. The Stonemont Course encourages players to be accurate and strategic. The Lakemont Course, on the other hand, is a little less of a challenge with a target-oriented layout. At the end of your round, stop by The Commons Restaurant for a beautiful view of the lake and mountain.

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Fishing on Stone Mountain Lake

Cast your cares away when you fish on the Park’s 323-acre lake. Launch your own boat from the private boat ramp near the Evergreen Pavilion, and enjoy fishing for bass, carp, crappie, catfish, and bream all day long. Fishing is permitted from 6:00 AM to midnight, so take your time on the lake and enjoy all the views that Stone Mountain Lake has to offer.

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Hiking Trails

Go on a hiking adventure around Stone Mountain Park on one of the seven trails. Our trails range from half a mile to five, offering challenges for hikers of all levels. With different types of terrain, different elevations, and more, be sure to download a copy of the trail map so that you know where you’re going throughout the entirety of your hike.

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Whether you want the traditional camping experience in a tent, or you want to go “glamping” in a yurt, our campsite has a lodging option for you. You can bring your own RV or rent one right on-site with all the amenities included. We also have safari tent rentals, which are a step up from a traditional tent, but not quite as luxurious as a yurt. No matter what type of camping experience you desire, it’s available at Stone Mountain Park.

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Enjoy a family picnic at one of our two picnic areas: Triangle Picnic Area or Studdard Picnic Area. They are both in beautiful wooded areas, and grills and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can utilize our picnic areas for a quick lunch in between visiting attractions, or you can plan an entire day-long picnic, complete with picnic games and delicious grilled foods.

Triangle Picnic Area | Studdard Picnic Area

Events at the Park

Music Across America Drone & Light Show | May – August

This all-new Drone & Light Show is a can’t-miss event at the Park. Taking place on the world’s largest screen—the mountain itself—the show is full of iconic music, flame cannons, 250 drones, incredible lasers, and so much more. The show is fun for all ages and takes place just after sunset. Be sure to get there early and enjoy the light-up memorabilia and nearby snacks to make the most of your experience.

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Patriotic Light Show and Fireworks | Select Days, May & July

Visit the Park on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July for Atlanta’s favorite tradition. On these special holidays, we pay special tribute to American troops and to our great country with unique shows for each holiday, including one of the best fireworks shows in the state!

Memorial Day  |  Fantastic Fourth

Summer at the Rock | June – July

All summer, families can visit the park for extended hours and stay for the nightly Music Across America Drone & Light Show. Between the special shows, entertainment, and attractions, you’re sure to fill your summer calendar with great adventures.

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Yellow Daisy Festival | September

An iconic festival to welcome in the fall, the Yellow Daisy Festival at Stone Mountain is an annual tradition dating back over 50 years. The nationally-known festival brings in hundreds of artists and crafters to put their most unique work on display. Guests can enjoy endless shopping, incredible music, and delicious food.

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Pumpkin Festival | September – November

Nothing quite says fall like our Pumpkin Festival! Not only are our regular attractions open throughout the day, but the Glow By Night experience provides loads of twilight fun. Kids will love the massive glowing pumpkins, character meet and greets, costume contests, and more!

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Stone Mountain Christmas

Stone Mountain Christmas | November – December

Embrace the Christmas spirit at Stone Mountain! Enjoy daily attractions as a family, and then immerse yourself in evening events and activities centered around the holidays. Festive music, dazzling lights, and appearances by some favorite Christmas characters are sure to delight everyone in the family.

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