|Trail Length: 2.4 miles||Type of trail: In and out|
|County: DeKalb County, GA||Our rating:|
|Features: visitors center, scenic, historic, family, bathrooms, 60hikes||Your rating:|
|Usage: Heavy||Added on: May 17, 2005|
|Last hiked: September 12, 2015||Updated on: September 27, 2015|
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Hiking trails in DeKalb County, GA
As you climb along the Stone Mountain Mountaintop Trail, also known as the Stone Mountain Historic Trail, you are climbing past 250 years of American history, thousands of years of American Indian history and millions of years of geologic history. To call this trail historic is an understatement.
American Indians called it "Lone Mountain" while early Spanish explorers called it Crystal Mountain. Settlers called it "Rock Fort Mountain," because the top of the peak had ceremonial rock wall similar to the one in Fort Mountain State Park. This was eventually shortened to "Rock Mountain." Adiel Sherwood is generally credited with being the first to use the term "Stone Mountain." The piece which contained the name appeared in the Gazetteer of Georgia, and Sherwood was ironically arguing against using the name Stone Mountain, which apparently had become a popular name.
Stone Mountain Mountaintop Trail Narrative
Beginning at Confederate Hall in Stone Mountain Park, the trail crosses the railroad tracks near some rest rooms on the right, and immediately begins its steady climb to the top of the mountain. There are few level and no downhill sections. As the Mountaintop Trail rises rock hopping along exfoliated ledges is required and can be difficult on the knees if you haven't hiked this before.
As the trail climbs after the pavilion, the trees lessen and the path offers an unobstructed view of the rolling hills of the Georgia Piedmont some 800 feet below the top of the mountain. Nearing the top of the mountain the slope becomes steeper, and the park provides a chain-link hand rail on the right to help hikers/climbers gain the top of the peak. Experienced hikers can stay to the left, passing through the crevice created by Bubble Gum Rock, which comes out further up the mountain.
From this point you can ride the Skylift down to the base or turn around and hike to the bottom.
Map of the Stone Mountain Mountaintop Trail