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Stone Mountain, Georgia a small town and a popular state park – both located just east of Atlanta along Highway 78 in DeKalb County. The village of Stone Mountain was chartered in 1839, making it the second oldest city in the county. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has the look and feel of a bygone era. However, with over 50 specialty shops and restaurants that offer a wide variety of items and services, Stone Mountains’ Mayor says this town is “where the Old South and the New South meet.” The old granite train depot is still in the center of town, but today is serves as the City Hall. Stone Mountain has art galleries and a Civil War Museum, fine restaurants and a “Tea Room” that is housed in an 1854 Victorian antebellum home. You’ll also find a mix of old and new for accommodations, as well, including an 1820s Bed & Breakfast Inn along with modern hotel chains. This little village is active and welcoming and sits amid breathtaking scenery near one of the South’s most popular destinations. Stone Mountain has managed over the years to retain the best in small town living while continuing to prosper and grow.

The village of Stone Mountain is located just outside the West Gate of Stone Mountain State Park, which is approximately 15 miles east of the city of Atlanta. With over 3,000 acres of natural scenic beauty, attractions and outdoor recreational opportunities, millions visit Stone Mountain Park each year. The mountain itself is the world’s largest mass of exposed granite and the centerpiece of the Park. On the mountain’s North side is the world’s largest high relief carving, depicting three Confederate soldiers. It has been dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” This family-oriented park also contains forestland, pristine lakes and streams, beautiful gardens, miles and miles of nature trails and man-made attractions. You can ride a skylift for a close-up view of the memorial carving, visit an antebellum plantation or take a tour on an authentic paddlewheel riverboat. Enjoy a spectacular laser-show in the park, an antique car museum, waterslide, even a state-of-the-art “4D” theater. You could spend days in Stone Mountain Park and possibly not have time to visit all the attractions. Outdoor sports include hiking, biking, golf, fishing, swimming, boating and camping. The Stone Mountain area has many Civil War historic sites and museums, shopping galore and restaurants both inside the Park and in the town of Stone Mountain. Treat yourself to good home-cooked Southern fare, continental cuisine, steaks, seafood, sandwiches and more. Plus, the city of Atlanta is just a short drive away with even more sightseeing, shopping and dining experiences.

Stone Mountain Park gates are open daily from 6 am until midnight. Most of the park attractions open at 10 am, weather permitting, however attractions inside the park are closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To reach Stone Mountain, take exit 39B off I-285 and go east on Highway 78 to exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance.



 

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