Hike or Run Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain, GA

Stone Mountain, located only 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Atlanta, is a 2 mile hike that will test your endurance and reward you with an excellent view of the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Stone Mountain sits on the outskirts of downtown Atlanta. Located in the center of Stone Mountain Park, this 1,686 ft. granite mound provides visitors with a challenging cardio workout and excellent panoramic views of the Atlanta metropolitan area. 

Those who want to climb Stone Mountain should use the Walk-up Mountain Trail located near the gate along the Robert E. Lee Blvd. In order to enter the park, you will need to pay the $15 per vehicle entrance fee at the gate. After you enter the park, you will follow the road to the spacious parking area near the trailhead. The trailhead is very easy to find and the trail is very easy to follow...just follow the painted yellow lines on the granite surface to the summit!

While traveling up the mountain, it is not uncommon to see runners making their way to the top. Please be conscious of your surroundings and those around you and be sure to use the hand rails on the steep areas when the trail is wet. 

The summit of the mountain presents visitors with a 360 degree view that can reach up to 60 miles on a haze free day. On an especially clear day, you can see the Appalachian mountains in the distance. If you would like to enjoy the view without hiking up the mountain, you can pay to use the gondola system. Tickets can be purchased at the main building inside the park or online at this link: https://www.stonemountainpark....

Regardless of how you choose to reach the summit, enjoy the view and as always, be safe!

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Shoes with good tread
  • Extra layers (if needed)
  • $15 entrance fee
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RT Distance 2.25 Miles
Elevation Gain 700 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Scenic
Wildlife

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Go for the sunset

Bring a headlamp and start your walk up a half-hour or so before sunset! You can see the multiple ATL skylines from the top and get some breathtaking photos. Fun for the whole family.

Go Where Few Go !

Awesome place to hike.

Very touristy, not much of a hike, good views of city

If you want a quick hike that is pretty close to the city, Stone Mountain is probably the hike that you have already heard of. It is one of my least favorite hikes in the area due to its touristy vibe. You never actually feel like you are immersing yourself in any sort of natural wilderness area. However, if you have kids this is a pretty easy hike. It does also offer unrivaled views of the city especially during sunset hours.


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