This historic path takes 2.four miles to finish and this mountain was known as by the American Indians because the Lone Mountain whereas the settles name it Rock Fort Mountain. In 1560, the Spanish explorers additionally visited this place and known as it as Crystal Mountain as a result of quartz discovered across the neighborhood. In 1958 the place was bought by the state and turned this right into a protected space. The begin of the path is on the Confederate Hall on the left aspect of the railroad crossing. An exhibit on the corridor contains the geological and environmental info of the Stone Mountain and the historical past of the Civil War.
From the Confederate Hall on the Stone Mountain Park, cross the railroad tracks proper previous the remainder rooms on the correct. The pathway then makes a gradual ascent to the highest of the mountain. The pathway involves a stage path however by no means downhill. Go straight forward because the pathway passes the path marker of Stone Mountain Loop Trail or often known as the Cherokee Trail at round 0.three of a mile on this rock path.
Hike straight forward as you go by a picnic space the place at a pavilion close by you’ll what stays to be of a barbecue grill. From right here shifting ahead, the highway climbs the steepest part of the path. Continue following the pathway as you strategy the Cherokee Trail whereby there’s an engraved plaque marking the Stone Mountain Loop Trail. Proceed additional as you’ll go by Bubble Gum Rock the place gum consuming guests go away their chewing gums right here.
At this level you may be amazed by the attractive scenes that nature can afford. Now proceed to curve left because the path approaches some steel assist buildings drilled to the mountains. Climb as much as the height as you go by a spring with clusters of purple moss thriving in it. Once you’ve reached the highest of the mountain you will notice the Skylift dock and a museum. Nearby, you will see a yellow painted rock with and arrow and the phrase Atlanta on it. This served as a information for airplane navigators coming from the northeast within the early 1920’s which factors towards town.
The peak marks the tip of the path the place now you can make a loop to return to the start line. Follow a white line marker down the mountain to a highway that then leads you to a protected and fenced habitat for fairy shrimps. Turn left as you progress previous this returning to the place the parking space.