This weekend consisted of another glorious road trip with my travel buddy Erica! This time we packed up on Friday, since it was Veteran’s day and we were both off work, and headed up to spend the weekend with friends in Atlanta. Erica suggested stopping at Stone Mountain to hike on our way to the city to kill some time since our friends were both busy working during the day. Stone Mountain ended up being so cool and I got so many pictures from our hike alone that I decided write this post all about it. If you’re interested in getting a glimpse of the rest of our trip you can watch a video from it on my YouTube channel.
We arrived to the park at about 3pm after only slightly screwing up by driving to some random residential neighborhood across from a middle school thanks to my killer navigation skills. Once we made it inside the park and paid our $15 entrance fee we were able to hike and wander around the park as much as our little hearts desired. We decided to dive right in and tackle the 1 mile hike up the length of the mountain to the very top as soon as we got there.
What initially seemed like a casual stroll ended up tuckering us out pretty quickly as the hike got real steep real quick. Try not to judge us too hard, we’re used to Florida hikes that don’t go much higher than sea level. After a a quick break or two to check out the progressively beautiful views and catch our breath, we made it to the tippy top of the mountain. The hike was well worth it for a 360 degree view of the surrounding area including a gorgeous look at the Atlanta skyline. We also met some super nice older hikers that made us feel like weenies for needing to stop and rest, but encouraged us to keep going and even took our picture on one of the steepest parts of the hike looking like the leaning towers of Hana and Erica.
After we soaked it all in for awhile and chugged some water from a fountain we thankfully found at the top of the mountain (pro-tip: bring your own water lol) we started the trek back to the bottom. We also ran into a group of veterans carrying flags on our way back down which made the hike that much more awesome since it being Veteran’s Day.
Once we were finished hiking we had to go get a glimpse of the carving on the front of the Mountain before we got back on the road. We got a good look at the carving which is of President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson on their horses and is larger than Mount Rushmore. We also talked our way into getting to walk through the amusement park area of the park as well even though it was closed for a media event. They were busy setting up the finishing touches for their Christmas events and we really liked getting to see everything covered in Christmas lights even though all of the shops and attractions were closed.
By the time we had hiked the main trail and marveled at the carving on the mountain’s face, the sun was setting and it was time for us to head back to the car for the 30 minute drive to Atlanta. I’m so glad Erica suggested stopping here, it was one of the coolest thing’s I’ve seen in a long time and I hope to come back one day to check out the rest of the trails and attractions this beautiful place has to offer.