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Camping Down South At Stone Mountain State Park

When camping further south, Georgia has a lot to offer in the way of national parks and campgrounds. Stone Mountain State Park is just one example, with a wonderful campground that has great accommodations.

There are lots of family-oriented activities at this park, not to mention the history that is everywhere. Located just east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain State Park sits on 3,200 acres of gorgeous woodlands and boasts a 363-acre lake.

Stone Mountain State Park
Stone Mountain State Park. Photo via Wikipedia Creative Commons
KyleAndMelissa22, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The Mountain

Stone Mountain itself is quite a wonder. Having an enormous carving on its north face, the largest of its kind in the world, the carving depicts three Confederate figures on horseback. Depicted are Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis.

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This huge granite mountain is more than five miles around at its base, with a paved trail that goes around the entire mountain if you’re up for the walk. You can reach the summit of the mountain with a one-mile hiking trail that will give you views for miles all around. There are also 15 miles of wooded trails that are found throughout the park.

The Park

This national park itself is one of the most visited in the state of Georgia and is a host for a ton of family-friendly activities. There is camping, fishing, and hiking, but that’s not all you’ll find when visiting Stone Mountain State Park. There’s the Stone Mountain Museum at Memorial Hall. The museum tells of the very long history of the mountain, from the ancient civilizations that lived on the mountain itself hundreds of years ago, to the park as we see it today.

Preserving History

The park is full of historic treasures for those that enjoy a glimpse into the past. There’s the one-hundred-year-old grist mill that was moved to the park in 1965. Originally located in Ellijay, Georgia, the beautiful grist mill is now safely preserved in the park for future generations to enjoy.

Grist Mill. Photo by Chris McCorkle on Flickr Creative Commons

Then there’s the Washington W. King covered bridge, named after the builder and designer. This is one of the last remaining bridges of its kind in the state. Stone Mountain State Park is preserving the history of Georgia, one structure at a time.

The Washington W. King covered bridge. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Creative Commons
Historic Square

The Historic Square at Stone Mountain State Park has an authentic collection of antebellum-style homes from all over the state. The houses were moved from their original sites and meticulously reconstructed at the park to give visitors a first-hand view of life from the past.

Dickey House, built 1840, Historic Square. Image courtesy of Marelbu via Wikimedia Commons

Each of these buildings were built between 1793 and 1875. The homes are completely furnished with antiques of the period, housing a fantastic collection of period furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the square. Families can enjoy walks through the picturesque gardens and take a visit to the Farmyard.

The Farmyard at Historic Square

The Farmyard is one of the places that the kids will love! Home to goats, pigs, sheep and rabbits, the Farmyard allows children to pet the animals and kids can learn about the role of animals on a working farm. They even have a goat show that showcases trained goats as they jump through hoops and go through an obstacle course!

The Lasershow at Stone Mountain

An epic event not to be missed is the Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular. The shows are displayed on the mountain itself using high definition digital video projection. The audience gets an amazing 3-D digital light and laser experience that is projected right on the granite mountain face. Using music from all genres, colorful lights, flame cannons, and fireworks, the show is a fantastic journey of lights and music. Lasershow dates start March 30th and go through the fall until October 19th.

Stone Mountain Park Campground

The Stone Mountain Park Campground provides RV sites, primitive camping spots, Safari tent rentals, RV trailer rentals, and yurt rentals. The RV park sits near the lake and has 250 sites that provide electricity, water, and sewer for those that are pulling their own campers.

Some of the sites sit lakeside, while others are in the heart of the RV park. Each of these sites has great amenities, depending on what type of camping experience you are looking for. Each site has grills, picnic tables, and fire rings. The campground has a general store, pool, sand volleyball court, and a playground.

Stone Mountain Park. Campground. Photo via BellaMama on RV LIFE Campgrounds

These are just a sampling of the many wonderful attractions you will find at Stone Mountain State Park. There are countless things for either a large family or a solo camper to do and enjoy. The history of the park alone, and the huge stone mountain with its epic carving, is enough to spur the curious to take a visit. For more information, visit their website and RV LIFE Campgrounds.

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