Also called “Our Granite Mother”. It is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock in Stone Mountain Park, GA.The larg
est bas-relief in the world is encarved on its north face, showing the leaders of the Confederate States of America: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis.
- U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, Stone Mountain, GA 30087
- 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Stone Mountain Hiking Trail, a 1 mile trek to the top of the mountain. Parking at the Confederate Hall, the trail starts right across the railroad tracks on the west side of the mountain. The summit is at 1,686 feet (514 m). Alternatively the summit can be reached by the Skyride aerial tram. The view of the surrounding areas including the skyline of Atlanta, Kennesaw Mountain, and on very clear days even the Appalachian Mountains are especially beautiful.
The lower slopes of Stone Mountain are wooded. The rare Georgia oak, Red Moss, Prickly Pear Cactus, and several other specimens grow along the walking trail and in the woods around the base of the mountain. The summit used to be encircled by a rock wall which disappeared over time. The wall is believed to have been built by early Native American inhabitants of the Stone Mountain area. The purpose of that wall remains unknown.