Stone Mountain, GA, United States
30th Jul 2013
Family, Hiking/Trekking, Kids & Theme Park, Sports & Outdoor
Apple Mountain Resort & Golf Club, Rock Ford Creek Road, Clarkesville, GA, United States
my husband, children, aunt, uncle
KODAK - EasyShare C180
Stone Mountain is filled with history and since that is what I love, we took a day of our week long vacation in Western Georgia to check it out. I love that they have family packages that includes drinks and meals with the admission tickets. It was a great way to save some money. As soon as we walked into the park, we saw the ropes area. People could go up and climb around the rope jungle gym, high up in the trees. None of my kids were liking that idea, so we skipped it, but it looked like it was a lot of fun!
We walked past that and went back towards the train that would take us around the park. It was a great way to see the park from the ground and learn about the history that made Stone Mountain Park what it is today.
We passed by old buildings and got a good look at the carvings on the side of Stone Mountain. It took many years for people to complete the carvings of President Jefferson Davis, Stonewall Jackson, General Robert E. Lee, and Lee's Horse.
That carving is larger than life!
After seeing the park from the ground, it was time to go to the top of the mountain. My aunt and uncle were with us, so hiking was out of the question. Instead, we rode the cable car to the top. I am not one for cable cars or heights, but I managed and I loved the panoramic views.
We were welcomed to the top by an employee as well as a shop and restaurant. We had already eaten before riding the cable car, so we went right out to the mountain. It's amazing how you can stand on top of the flat mountain and look around for miles. Most mountains I have been on have not been too flat, so it was nice to not have to worry about tumbling over the side.
We finally had to reluctantly leave the top of the mountain, but before we left for the day, I wanted to stop inside the little museum that they set up. The museum is filled with lots of items from years past and I couldn't read the history of everything fast enough for my family.
Stone Mountain is a great place to go if you love the outdoors as well as the past like I do. I hope you enjoyed the glimpse into our time at Stone Mountain at least half as much as I did being there. It was part of a whirlwind adventure throughout Western Georgia. It would take me hours to write about everything that we did while we were there.
However, if you are planning a trip to that part of the country, let me know and I will be more than happy to give you some pointers!