I arrived at the park after walking 20 minutes from downtown. I was able to connect from Atlanta via the Marta train and then the bus. I began my adventure with a short film on the creation of the monument at the Confederate Hall. Another 20 minute walk around the mountain to the recreation area got me a great view of the monument which seems small from the ground. After taking many great pictures I followed a trail up to and around to the direct path and spent 40 more minutes climbing to the fairly flat top of Stone Mountain. The top offered great views of Atlanta and the surrounding countryside. It also had some snacks and restrooms. There is also a cable car option for going back down if you are exhausted. I took the walk straight back down which only took about 30 minutes. It was a beautiful day and I was joined by many other people which made for an interactive afternoon. Note: there were signs posted to be careful if there is rain. I truly believe you need to avoid the walk if there has been any rain or mist as much of the climb up and down is a flat rock that would become very slick.
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