Attractions

The town is named for Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome in North America. Stone Mountain has many family fun attractions for you and your friends to explore. It is also the site of a famous giant carving commemorating the military leaders of the Confederacy as well as a state park and museum, and a steam railroad.

Confederate Memorial Carving

The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain's surface.

In 1912 the carving existed only in the imagination of Mrs. C. Helen Plane, charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC). The Venable family, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916. The UDC was given 12 years to complete a sizable Civil War monument.

Three sculptors worked on the carving during its creation. Gutzon Borglum was hired in 1915 as the carving consultant, and in 1916 he was appointed carving sculptor by the Stone Mountain Monumental Association. Borglum envisioned a carving with seven central figures accompanied by "an army of thousands." He was not able to begin work on the carving until 1923 due to funding problems and World War I.

After blasting away large portions of the mountain with dynamite, Borglum was able to complete the head of Lee on January 19, 1924. In 1925 a dispute arose between Borglum and the managing association. As a result of the conflict, Borglum left, taking all of his sketches and models with him. Borglum went on to carve the famous Mount Rushmore sculpture in South Dakota.

Augustus Lukeman, the second sculptor, resumed work on the project in 1925. Lukeman's carving included the three central figures of the Confederacy on horseback. He removed Borglum's work from the mountain and diligently worked with pneumatic drills, but by 1928 (the original deadline) only Lee's head was complete and funds were depleted. The Venable family reclaimed their property, and the massive granite mountain remained untouched for 36 years.

In 1958 the state of Georgia purchased the mountain and the surrounding land. The Georgia General Assembly created the Stone Mountain Memorial Association. In 1960 the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee was comprised of six internationally known figures in the world of art. A competition was held, and nine world-renowned sculptors submitted designs for a new sculpture.

In 1963, based upon recommendations by the Advisory Committee, the Stone Mountain Memorial Association chose Walker Kirkland Hancock of Gloucester, Massachusetts to complete the carving. Work resumed in 1964, and a new technique utilizing thermo-jet torches was used to carve away the granite. Chief carver Roy Faulkner, a marine veteran with a talent for using the new thermo-jet torch, was able to remove tons of stone in one day. For over eight years Park guests could see and hear the workmen and their jet torches.

The figures were completed with the detail of a fine painting. Eyebrows, fingers, buckles and even strands of hair were fine-carved with a small thermo-jet torch.

The carving is actually much larger than it appears from Stone Mountain Park's attractions. Workers could easily stand on a horse's ear or inside a horse's mouth to escape a sudden rain shower. A dedication ceremony for the Confederate Memorial Carving was held on May 9, 1970. Finishing touches to the masterpiece were completed in 1972

Quarry Exhibit

This outdoor display was developed to tell the story of an industry that played a significant part in the history of Stone Mountain. Throughout the years, 7,645,700 cubic feet of granite were removed from the mountain. This is equal to one-foot-long paving stones stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole (12,444 miles)!

Granite was shipped all over the world. It was used at the federal gold depository at Fort Knox, the Panama Canal, the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, and in the foundation of the Lincoln Memorial, just to name a few. Virtually every state has a building that uses Stone Mountain granite.

The exhibit also describes the process of granite quarrying at Stone Mountain and the changes in technology over time. It illustrates the monumental contributions of the quarrymen and the industry at Stone Mountain.

Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center

The recently renovated Confederate Hall has over 5,400 square feet of interactive exhibit space, multiple state-of-the-art classrooms, a theater and offices for the Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

The focus of Confederate Hall, located at the base of the walk-up trail, is to educate Park guests and local students about the fascinating geology and ecology of Stone Mountain. Visitors can explore the gallery, experiencing everything from interactive science exhibits to the life-size cave with a video about the origin of the mountain. Guests can also view the educational documentary “The Battle for Georgia – a History of the Civil War in Georgia,” which has been updated to a large screen video format in the new Confederate Hall Theater. The 25 minute film is narrated by Hal Holbrook and features hundreds of archival photographic images and reenactment footage from the Civil War. In addition, guests can learn how the Confederate Memorial carving came to be by viewing the 11-minute feature film "The Men Who Carved the Mountain".

For further information and programs at the Historical & Environmental Education Center please visit www.stonemountainpark.org .

Songbird Habitat & Trail

Stone Mountain Park's Songbird Habitat sits on the site of the former 1996 Summer Olympic Games venue for Archery and Cycling. The Woodland Trail and Meadow Trails each take you on a one mile journey into the home for beautiful birds such as the Eastern Bluebird, White-Breasted Nuthatch, and Northern Cardinal. The Songbird Habitat is located on the backside of the mountain off of Stonewall Jackson Drive.

Click here to view the Songbird Habitat & Trail Map.

In order to maintain the beauty of the Songbird Habitat & Trail, please no dogs allowed.

Carillon

The daily concert from our 732-bell Carillon is one of the true joys of Stone Mountain Park. The Carillon was donated by our friends at Coca-Cola after being exhibited in the 1964 World's Fair in New York City. The Park's carillon has been played by Mabel Sharp for over 30 years.

Grist Mill

In 1965, this century-old mill was moved to the Park from its original site near Ellijay, GA. One of the most picturesque spots in the Park, it makes a great place for picnics. The Grist Mill is located on Robert E. Lee Blvd. on the east side of the mountain. Parking is available across the street.

Covered Bridge

Listed in the “World Guide to Covered Bridges,” this quaint and historical pine and cedar bridge leads to Indian Island, a picture perfect place for a lazy day of picnics or reading. This century old bridge is nearly 20-feet high and was moved to Stone Mountain Park from Athens, Georgia, in 1969.

Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision

March 29 - October 25 Location: Memorial Lawn

Catch the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® presented by Humana! This not-to-be missed Atlanta tradition promises to wow your family with state-of the-art digital graphics and awe-inspiring effects. Experience multi-dimensional magic on one of the world's largest outdoor screens - Stone Mountain.

  • NEW! Spookley's Dance-A-Long Party Parade

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Crossroads

    Have you ever wanted to be in a parade? Now you can! Join Spookley the Square Pumpkin and lift his friends into the air for this party parade that dances through Crossroads. The whole family is welcome to celebrate why it's hip to be square!

  • NEW! Spookley's Pumpkin Patch Meet & Greet

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Character Circle

    Spookley the Square Pumpkin can't wait to meet the whole family at this character encounter! Strike a pose with the celebrity Pumpkin and take home the picture for a memory worth repeating!

  • NEW! Pumpkin Palooza Extreme

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Dogwood

    This high energy game show just got EXTREME ! Two teams go head to head in a series of challenges. To the victors go bragging rights and to the losers… the wheel of misery! Join our Palooza Leaders to cheer for your favorite team and maybe even compete yourself!

  • Spookley's A-Maze-ing Adventure

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Expo

    Follow this life sized telling of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin as you wind your way through our fun filled maze. The crows will try to steer you in the wrong direction but the scarecrow will always lead you to the fun!

  • Pie Eating Contest

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Azalea Stage

    Bring your competitive spirit and your appetite to the Azalea stage! Adults and children gorge on ooey, gooey pies while the stopwatch runs. Will you win the contest or even set a Pumpkin Festival record?

  • The Great Pumpkin Junction

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Across from 4D Theater

    There is so much to do at the junction of fall and fun! Be a fashion designer as you dress your own scarecrow. Flex your artistic muscles with our giant coloring walls and crafts. And become a detective to start the Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt. Complete any or all of them for a guaranteed good time!

  • Adventure Tales Storytelling

    September 26 - October 26 Location: Campfire Corner

    Let the autumn breeze blow across you as you listen to classic and contemporary tales. Including The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin , these stories are bound to put you in a fall frame of mind!

     


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