Stone Mountain - a different approach, with some different views - Thu, Mar 7 2013

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Stone Mountain - a different approach, with some different views

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: Stone Mountain - a different approach, with some different views  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Mar 7 2013  1:30 pm >> Thu, Mar 7 2013 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Mar 5 2013 10:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Mar 7 2013 12:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:3 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


We will be beginning the hike at the Confederate Center (near the restrooms).  We will hike about half of the nature trail, hop on the Cherokee Trail, then cut off for a slightly different approach up the mountain which will keep us off the walk-up trail and provide some different views.  At the top of the mountain, we will hang out for awhile, take pics, and enjoy the scenic view.  What a great way to spend the  afternoon on a nice day.

This hike will be about 3.5 miles (about 1.5 miles longer than the walkup trail) and will involve additional STEEP portions, which is why it is rated a D3.  Because we will not be on the walk-up trail going up or down, please plan to maintain pace with the trip leader.

Please arrive 5 minutes early for sign in and introductions.

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

Any questions - please call or send me an email.

Required Items to Bring:


  • Water or sports drink (1 - 1.5 quarts recommended)
  • Hiking or trail shoes.
  • A great attitude - yes, it's a requirement
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Snack
  • Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

GPS Coordinates: 33.81076800026398, -84.16212379932403

Vehicle access to Stone Mountain Park:  $10 per day.  Annual pass is $35.  There is a 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.  Look for the large Confederate Hall parking lot on your left where we park during the hike.  We'll gather at our "usual AOC meetup spot," by the stone restroom building at the base of 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 almost to the Confederate Hall parking lot on your left.


There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park.  There is usually plenty of free parking just outside the Park in the Stone Mountain Village area.  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 about 1/2 mile up East Mountain Street and directly into the park, through a small gate (Note that this gate is locked soon after sunset and you have to walk out around the nearby West Gate and then left to get back to East Mountain Street.)

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 and look for the red caboose on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yards) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead. (Note the gate on this PATH trail is often locked soon after sunset).

Additional directions and maps can be found at: aspx


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

Important Links -

Stone Mountain Park Trail Map

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