Can you walk up a mountain that is 1.3 miles high? I can and I have. Stone Mountain has trail that allows you to weave your way up the side of the mountain. I will admit that it starts to get tiring about 3/4 of the way up. At that point is when it gets more steep. On the trek uphill you get to see beautiful scenery and it's breathtaking. Once you get to the top it's very gratifying. From the top you can also see the Atlanta skyline in the distance. For those that don't feel like climbing, or are unable to there is also a skyride to take you up and drop you off back down hill.
There are many other attractions at Stone Mountain to keep you occupied other than the climb. There is a Confederate Hall Historical & Enviromental Education Center. This has interactive exhibit space and allows the children to learn at the same time. It teaches you the history of the great Stone Mountain. I like that Cave exhibit that is life size and shows a video on the origins of Stone Mountain. They have a Quarry exhibit that explains how the industry played a part in the history of Stone Mountain.
I think my very favorite thing to do is go in all the stores that are set up like the old days. In the candle store they even have a dipping station so that you can make your own. They have a confectionary shop that I am a big fan of and you can watch them making it. All the employees are dressed like pioneer days.
For something relaxing you can take a 5 mile trip around the mountain in an old style locomotive. While riding it explains the history and plays music from the time they are explaining. At one point they stop and have a quick show with actors. This is a real bonus for the kids.
At night you can enjoy an incredible laser show. When I say incredible I mean it!!! It is themed with different music and lasts about an hour. They have a hill so that you can bring a blanket and spread it out for a picnic to enjoy as well.
All around it's more fun than educational for me personally, but my family and myself took fieldtrips there from our schools and we sat through all the educational spots. All around a great place to visit. If you get a chance and you are in the area come and visit. Ya'll come back now, ya hear...