On Wednesday, June 14th, ATLA is offering an excursion to Stone Mountain Park ($80/person). Below is a description of this unique natural wonder, from Pitts Theology Library’s Hannah Parks.
Over on the east side of Atlanta is Stone Mountain, a quartz monzonite that stands over 800 feet above the city. The mountain has a varied and sometimes dark history. The mountain has been the site of granite quarrying, an archery and cycling venue in the 1996 Summer Olympics, and most recently a setting for a few scenes in Netflix’s Stranger Things. The State of Georgia purchased the mountain in the 1950s, and it now serves as a recreation area, very popular among local Atlantans.
Stone Mountain’s claim to fame is its bas-relief on the side of the mountain, depicting Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis. Measuring 76 by 158 feet, it is the largest bas-relief in the world. After viewing the carving from the base of the mountain, visitors can take a mile-long hike up the mountain to its peak at 1,686 feet. This hike is strenuous, but a fantastic view of Atlanta’s skyline awaits at the summit.
For those wanting to spend a few more hours in the surrounding forest, a longer 5-mile loop trail circles the mountain, featuring an old covered bridge and grist mill, as well as excellent views of the mountain. This is a moderate hike, and takes a couple of hours to complete.
Along with its miles of hiking trails, Stone Mountain Park offers numerous attractions, such as a railroad around the mountain, a ropes course, and a laser show every evening. Visit the Stone Mountain Park website for information on these and other attractions.
Written by Hannah Parks, Pitts Theology Library