Stone Mountain City in DeKalb County is home to a beautiful state park, museum and the infamous carving commemorating Confederate military leaders. Named for the largest exposed granite dome in North America, Stone Mountain City has a great deal of history in its roots.
Experiencing a small construction boom between 1834 and 1836, the small city of Stone Mountain received a fair share of visitors. Many traveled far and wide by train to see the famous observation tower at the mountain’s summit constructed by Aaron Cloud. A hike of 1.1 miles, the top of the trail featured a restaurant and club popular with visitors and locals.
Now a historic train depot, Stone Mountain’s former city hall and police department built in 1856 is the oldest structure burned by General Sherman during the Civil War still in use today.
Today, Stone Mountain City attracts international visitors, all curious to see the famous granite structure and explore local attractions, shows, entertainment, shopping, dining and more!
According to Trulia, there are 140 homes listed, ranging from $129,000 to $749,000 and 92 homes listed to rent, ranging from $1,130 to $2,750 a month.
Shopping and Dining
- Metro Café Diner. This cafe offers a retro-inspired eating area and a full bar! This spot is renowned for award-winning food, including burgers, sandwiches, soups and shareable snacks.
- The Sweet Potato Cafe. Specializing in farm-to-table fare, the Sweet Potato Cafe offers a cozy atmosphere, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
- Frontera Mexican Kitchen. A family-oriented spot, the Frontera Mexican Kitchen menu includes a variety of choices such as Parrilla Grilled Chicken, Tampiquena Steak, Carne Asada and more. This is the perfect spot for a guaranteed delicious bite to eat!
- The Village Corner Restaurant. A part of the Stone Mountain community since 1974, this restaurant serves authentic German fare and in-house brewed beer. With a tavern, dining room and a Biergarten, the options for dining are endless in the authentic atmosphere.
Entertainment and Recreation
- Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park. The area’s top event, the Lasershow Spectacular at Stone Mountain Park regularly draws large crowds for a night of fun. There is nothing quite like this show anywhere else! Bring a blanket or chairs to the show, and enjoy free admission when you present a $20 parking ticket.
- Geyser Towers. With multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connecting you to towering platforms, the Geyser Towers overlook a beautiful gushing geyser,a local natural phenomenon. Geyser Towers offer plenty of room for adults and is the perfect exciting adventure for the kids!
- Walk-Up Trail to Top of Stone Mountain. Open daily from dawn to dusk, the Stone Mountain Trail and families offers unique scenery and beautiful views of the surrounding area. Guests can see 60 miles from the mountaintop, a view 1,686 feet above sea level.
- Stone Mountain Park. One of the state’s more popular attractions, Stone Mountain Park is the 3,200-acre park, showcasing the beautiful local flora and fauna. The mountain’s center is a giant composition of quartz monzonite to granite rock. The mountain is more than five miles in circumference at its base and the summit can be reached by a walk-up trail or by a Skyride tram ride. The grounds are filled with history and fun attractions for the whole family, including a village with shops and restaurants. For those who wish to stay on-site, there are two hotels and lots of options for camping including RV parking, yurt rental or tents.
- Stone Mountain Historic District. A rare surviving historic railroad town, this intact community contains nearly every major element of railroad town in Georgia, including homes of town founders, rail lines, central business districts and community landmark buildings.
- ART Station. In 1986, a few dedicated individuals set out to create a non-profit arts center to explore, teach and share the arts. At the ART Station, guests can see an old trolley car barn and power station in the Stone Mountain Village that was purchased in 1987 by ART Station. The building’s name comes from a 1913 photograph of a trolley car with the wording of “Atlanta Rapid Transit” written on the side of the car.
- Historic Square: Georgia Homes and Antiques. A collection of historic buildings from around Georgia built between 1793 and 1875, the homes were moved from their original sites and carefully restored to preserve their authenticity and value for visitors and locals to see. The square houses an extensive collection of period furniture in the south, reflecting the unique lifestyles of past Georgia residents.
For more information on local events, attractions and more, visit www.StoneMountainCity.org.
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