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Stone Mountain Park: Cherokee Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Thousands of years ago, Woodland Indians explored the forests at the base of Stone Mountain, most likely hunting and fishing, though not necessarily setting up permanent settlements. The Cherokee Trail encircles the mountain, covering diverse terrain, from stony slabs at the mountain’s base to oak and pine woods. The trail also passes through a clearing with a stunning view of the Confederate mural carved into a face of the mountain. Beyond the mural, the trail continues on to Stone Mountain Lake and then skirts the shore in a less-crowded area of the park. After following the bank of Venable Lake, you’ll ascend the slopes of Stone Mountain with views of a forested valley spread out below. The path bisects the Walk-Up Trail and finally dives down the mountainside to carry you back to Confederate Hall."
--Marcus Woolf, Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press).
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