Stone Mountain after the Cherokee; A Different Approach - Fri, Nov 4 2011

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Stone Mountain after the Cherokee; A Different Approach

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: Stone Mountain after the Cherokee; A Different Approach  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 4 2011  1:30 pm >> Thu, Nov 3 2011 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 3 2011 6:41 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 4 2011 1:10 pm
Event Duration:1.5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Let's take a Friday afternoon jaunt up Stone Mountain. This hike will begin after the Stone Mountain Cherokee Trail hike ends, so if you wish to do both you can.

We will be beginning the hike at the Confederate Center (near the restrooms). We will take a different approach by doing a part of the nature trail first and then branching off for a free-form approach up the south side of the mountain. The hike will be at a moderate pace, which can seem a little quick when going up the steeper sections, the approach will be a bit longer and more steep than the walk-up trail, so we will need to stay together. However, the views are very nice from the south side of the mountain. At the top of the mountain, we will take a short break, take pics, and enjoy the scenic view from the top. What a great way to spend the afternoon! We will walk down the mountain on a side trail through the woods rather than the "walk-up" trail.

The route we will be taking will be approximately 3 miles and will involve some additional steep portions, which is why it is rated a D3. As we will be off the normal trail for a good portion of the hike, please plan to maintain pace with the trip leader until we reach the summit.


Free parking is avaialable at MARTA PARK n RIDE parking lot. It is less than a half mile walk to the Confederate Center from the Park & Ride.

Please take the time to look at the park map and parking options in order to be on time!

Required Items to Bring:

  • Water - 1 liter recommended.
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Snack
  • Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions To Confederate Hall Parking Lot:

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. (Careful - there's a stop sign in front of Confederate Hall for those entering the West Gate.) The parking lot will be immediately after. Wait for the group near the walk up trail.

Free public parking in Stone Mountain Village

From Hwy 78 take exit 5 - stay right for a half mile - then a quick exit to E. Ponce/Stone Mtn. Village. At the end of the ramp turn left. Drive a mile or so into town. Turn left on East Mountain. Turn right on Fourth Street. There you will find the MARTA park and ride.

Parking fee inside the park is $10 unless you have annual pass.

Important Links -

Stone Mountain Park Trail Map

Map to Stone Mountain Village free parking

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