Yes, it has been commercialized, but I would consider this a must see if you are in Atlanta. My wife and I hiked to the top and it is an incredible formation despite the development. The surrounding parks are also worth seeing and provide room for recreation for the local residents.
Can't remember the exact date but I went up it twice in June of 2003. It was pretty hot but a great time to get out of the city; I was in Atlanta for 5 weeks (business). Didn't even realize this was on summitpost :)
Although it is a nice break from Atlanta, the heated building on the summit quickly reminds you where you are. I would climb it more often if it didn't cost $8 to get in the park. Kennessaw Mountain is just as good for training, and easier on your joints.
Hiked up with the family, to include a 10 and a 6 year old daughter. Even my father climbed it to the shelter below the summit. It was a fun, the weather was overcast, but no rain. Makes my 6 year old daughter's first mountain, along with my older brother's first mountain, with hopefully many more to come.
Wish it was a lot taller. But, still fun.
This was a very pleasant walk. I was amazed by the breeze on the summit. Very constant, steady, strong wind. Lovely day.
A nice day to be out there! Was a little surprised that I could get popcorn and coke at the top, but decided to nibble on my carrots instead before heading down. :-)
Impressive from the air, and the lit tree is kinda cool-looking at night. Climbed this in no time with hundreds of other people on a sunny and seventy Georgia day. There are several ways to utilize natural resources; this rock has been used for touricide.
walked up numerous times via different sides
I've walked up Stone Mountain several times. The best time to go is on the 4th of July. On a clear night you can see most of the fireworks displays in the city and enjoy the fireworks for the Stone Mountain park.
(Kevin said) >> "The best time to go is on the 4th of July"
As of 2009, the summit trail is closed at 8 PM, and the mountain swept by rangers. I drove an hour from Acworth with my wife and son to sit atop the summit and see all the firework displays in the Atlanta area only to discover that such an activity will no longer be possible. It seems that every year the adventureous amoungst us are shut out in the name of "safety". Soon, we'll need permits to leave the house...
The Clouds and fog were settled and it made for the coolest experience on top. If your in town, dont miss this little rock.
With Jon B., Lauren, and Lisa.
I was in Atlanta for a trade show so thought I'd try to find something to climb and this looked like the best bet. I took Marta (the light rail transit system) as far east as I could and ran the remaining 7 1/2 miles to the peak. I've gained a new respect for people living in this hot and humid climate! Wow - what a workout! Interesting monolith and a fine adventure. My first "mountain" climbed east of the Mississippi and my first county high point in the east as well. (BTW, entering the park from the west side there is no entrance fee.)
Hiked up with a good friend on a very warm day. We brought lots of water and went for a swim afterward.
Grateful i am to have lived in Lilburn in 1993. I've bagged this sucker at least a dozen times. And contiue to bag it when i visit my father thats climbs it once a week!
Was my summit attempt successful? Yes. Just follow the yellow line to the top and don't have a heart attack; you'll be successful, too!
I have lived my whole life in Lilburn, Georgia, my house only being a 10 minute drive from the park. I've probably climbed Stone Mountain at least 25 times in my life. I can't even remember my first climb. I probably was just able to walk. My parents have photos of me sitting at the top at the age two. At twenty now, I don't find the climb up as appealing as I used to, but still make it up there at least once a year. When I do climb it nowadays, I usually start just before sunset. This eliminates most of the crowds, and makes for an interesting time at the top, especially during the famous laser show the park puts on nightly during the summer. For those who don't know, a show of multicolored lasers are plastered on the carving side of the mountain creating pictures and such that goes along with music for about 15 minutes at night. Besides the hike up, this is probably the park's biggest attraction. Anywho, watching the show from the top can be fun. You can bearly hear the blaring music, the lasers are being shot right below you, and the fireworks go off either below you or right in front of your face. Just sitting atop the mountain with hardly anyone around on a clear, warm, Atlanta night makes for the most enjoyment for me personally.
A true natural wonder turned into a monument of all that's wrong with the South. The Ku Klux Klan's second founding was here in 1915, and they were involved in the design, financing and construction of the carving. Until fairly recently, the Klan had a permanant easement on the property to hold meetings and cross burnings whenever they pleased - the state has since removed the easement.
A great short climb anytime you are in the Park. I have climbed to the top at least a dozen times. It is always wortwile, even in the clouds
Went to an Indian Pow-Wow here and hit the summit too. Great day.