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Stone Mountain/Cherokee Trail

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: Stone Mountain/Cherokee Trail  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Nov 22 2020  8:30 am >> Sun, Nov 22 2020 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 19 2020 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Nov 22 2020 8:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7.25 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come join me for a hike a round the base of Stone Mountain on the Cherokee Trail (we will NOT be going up the mountain)

We will meet at the restrooms at the Confederate Hall parking lot.  we will hike counterclockwise on the Cherokee Trail which circles the base of Stone Mountain.  The Cherokee Trail has very little elevation and we will hike it at a moderate pace.  Along the route we will explore the Songbird Trail and the Trail that leads to the Conference Center, trail around Kings Island and then back to Confederate Hall.  Should get in just about 7 miles - should be back to the cars no later than 11:30

8:30 - 11:30 Cherokee Trail, Song Bird Trail, Conference Center Trail, Indian Island Trail

hike starts promptly at 8:30 - meet in front of the restrooms near the parking lot at Confederate Hall

There is a $20 entrance fee to get into Stone Mountain Park unless you have an annual pass OR best bet park in the village of Stone Mountain and it is just a short walk to Confederate Hall - see below for directions to Stone Mountain/Confederate Hall or recommendations for parking outside of the park and saving the $20 entry fee.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks/lunch


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How to Get There:
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GPS  Coordinates: 33.81076800026398, -84.16212379932403

Parking in the Stone Mountain Lot:  $20 per day.  Annual pass is $40.  Discount if you purchase more than one Annual Pass at a time.

Directions: To the main entrance- From I-285 take U.S. Hwy 78 East (Snellville/Athens) exit. Travel about 7 miles and take Exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. After entering the main entrance, proceed straight ahead. The road will fork at about 1 mile – stay to the right. Continue to follow the road for another mile. Confederate Hall will be on your left. The parking lot will be immediately after. We’ll meet behind Confederate Hall near the walk up trail.

You can also enter through the West Gate entrance, in Stone Mountain Village. If you enter here, turn right through the gate and you're just about in the Confederate Hall parking lot.


There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park or to enjoy the numerous free attractions inside the Park including the nice trails.  If you don't have an annual Park Pass and wish to save the daily parking fee, there are usually plenty of free parking spots just outside the Park in Stone Mountain Village.   The Village is near the Park's "West Gate" entrance which is quite close to Confederate Hall and the Walk-Up trailhead.  You can park near the railroad tracks and walk up East Mountain Street and directly into the park.

Another such free parking lot is the "Red Caboose Visitor Center" lot on the Main Street, which has its own paved walking/biking trail into the Park, much like the Silver Comet Trail. To drive to that lot, get off US-78 (Stone Mtn Freeway) at Exit #5, then bear right to exit again about a half mile ahead, turn left onto E. Ponce de Leon Ave, go through the first traffic light onto Main Street and continue about a half mile to the "caboose lot" on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk or ride your bike eastward into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yard) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead.

Additional directions and maps can be found at:

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