Great Running Trails in Georgia – Stone Mountain Park

Do you know what all trails are available at Stone Mountain for hiking and running? Check out maps and all kinds of other things to do here at the park with your family and friends!

Stone Mountain Park features 15 miles of hiking and walking trails throughout the entire park. This includes the one-mile trail that starts at the Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center and goes to the very top of the mountain. This trail is very popular for anyone visiting the park.

There are many runners that use this trail to sprint to the top and back down again. Some people do this multiple times in one day. If you don’t feel you can make the hike to the top but want to see the view, take a ride on the Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain.

As much as I love the trail to the top of Stone Mountain, I almost prefer the 5-mile trail named the Cherokee Trail that goes through the woods, around the lake, past the Grist Mill, past the children’s playground and then over part of the mountain. This trail is a little more secluded and very adventure filled.  

Serious Running has rated the Cherokee Trail as the top 27th trail to run in Georgia. Be sure to check out the appropriate map of all the trails that Stone Mountain has to offer to decide where you need to park and how long each trail is before you set out on your journey.

Besides the great trails that are provided here at Stone Mountain, there are plenty of other things to do while at the park. Stone Mountain Park puts on a spectacular laser show every night during the summer and then only on the weekends after school is back in session through the end of October. Check out the schedule for this great show to make sure you don’t miss out!

The 33rd Annual Chili Cook Off is coming up September 29, 2012! Make sure you enter your fabulous chili recipe into the contest! This is great fun and a wonderful way to meet new people.

Crossroads is a wonderful area for the younger and older kids alike. You can visit the Geyser TowersRide the Ducks, see the Yogi Bear 4-D Adventure movie, visit The Great Barn, climb the Sky Hike, play putt-putt at the Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf and much more!  

Your family and friends will find plenty of fun things to do at Stone Mountain that will fill your entire day. There is a $10 parking fee to enter the park or you can pay $35 for the year. Some of these activities do have a cost so be sure to check the schedule to make sure attractions are open and their price. Come on out and pack a picnic to share anywhere in the park. There are plenty of picnic tables and pavilions. Tell us how you like to spend your day at Stone Mountain Park!

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