Stone Mountain is a pretty awe-inspiring 600-foot granite dome. It’s hard to image that it's just part of a 25-square mile pluton that was created from lava and magna some 300+ million years ago. We just had to stop and stare at it in wonderment, contemplating standing in the presence of such antiquity.
The dome is a little over an elevation of 2300 feet. The state park covers 14,000 acres of rock outcroppings and trails lead to smaller granite domes. There are over 20 miles of hiking trails, a large campgrounds, trout streams you can fish in and a few horse trails.The longest trail is a 4.5 mile loop that takes you around and over the dome. It starts out as an easy walking trail lush with trees and mountain laurel along the forest bed that is a mix of rock bed and undergrowth.
At one point the trail veers off toward the 200 ft Stone Mountain Falls and well worth visiting. The water appears to just slide down the granite mountain side like a huge massively wide waterslide.
The roar can be heard a fairly good distance away. A wide wooden staircase is built into the side of the rock and is several stories high leading to the base of the waterfall. There are huge boulders scattered about the terrain as though they tumbled from the mountainside.
Climbing back up the stairs isn’t as fun as it was descending. Once back at the top, you can take the trail the rest of the way to the dome. As the climb increases and grows steeper. The 600 ft rise is well worth the effort. The view from the top of the dome is magnificent.