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Campground of the month – Stone Mountain Campground at Stone Mountain State Park – Soulful RV Family

Stone Mountain campground at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain campground is one of our favorite spots to camp. It’s perfect for our needs since its so close to our home. There are tons of activities to do at the State park and its so close to Downtown Atlanta. There’s something for everyone, with hiking trails all over as well as the ability to hike to the top of the mountain. There’s tons of historical things to do and see. There’s even a great amusement park to entertain kids or adults. Light shows and in the winter months it turns into Snow mountain! Here are some key facts about the campground.

Location: less than 30 miles from downtown Atlanta – Take I85 North to 78 East about 8 miles and your there!

Address: 1000 Robert E lee Blvd. Stone Mountain, Ga 30083

Alternate GPS address – US Highway 78 East exit 8 Stone Mountain, GA 30087

Elevation – 1,686 Ft.

Parking – $15 parking fee for entire stay . just visiting park? $10 daily tor $40 for Annual pass (Not included in campground fee)

 

History of Stone Mountain –

  • Founding site of second KKK in 1915.
  • State of GA bought it in 1958

Confederate Carving 

  • IMG_1649Stone wall Jackson – Confederate General
  • Robert E Lee – Commander of Confederate Army
  • Jefferson Davis – Pres. Of Confederate States of America

 

 

 

 

RV sites – 5 types of RV sites

  1. Orange siteFHU Cable, Premium
  2. Purple Sites– FHU Cable, Premium
  3. Red site – basic FHU for MH, TT, 5th wheels
  4. Blue Sites – W,E for MH, TT, 5th wheels
  5. Yellow sites – W,E Pop-up and tents – Site rentals range from $26 to $41 per night.

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Price ranges – $33-$69 plus per night

  • 385 total spaces.
  • 206 FHU
  • both 50 and 30 amps sites available
  • Max size – width 25 length 55ft
  • 20 pull thrus (25×50)
  • back-ins are longer (40×55)

Yurt sites – Six yurts lakeside costing $99/night or holidays $139/night

Premium sites – have patio with gas grill, fire pit and table.

  • Has a decent camp store with all the supplies you need. And Wal-Mart is less than 3 miles away.
  • Snack bar and on site restaurant (never used it)
  • Laundry room
  • Dump station.
  • Propane is for sale as well as firewood

Yurt sites – Six yurts lakeside costing $99/night or holidays $139/night

Discounts – Good sam members save 10%

Booking you site – You can book online using bookyoursite.com. I would highly recommend calling to book. That way you can reserve a specific site.

 

Campground amenities

  • IMG_5254Newly remodeled playground – very nice
  • Recently remodeled pool
  • Large field with sand volleyball area
  • Stone Mountain Lake for fishing, kayaking, boating paddle boats
  • Hiking trails around the campground

All interior roads are paved, but there are plenty of potholes in those roads.

Campground activities in 2016

  • Easter Weekend Celebration – Including an Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Kids Spring FlingSaturday’s – April 16 through May 7, 2016. Includes Kids Fishing Tournament (15 years old and under), Magic Show featuring the Magic Man – Kevin Sentell with refreshments.
  • Ice Cream Social every Saturday at 2:00 PM in June, July and ending the first weekend in August at the Lewallen Pavilion.
  • VeggieTales Day Camp Tuesday through Friday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM for the entire month of June and July at the Lewallen Pavilion.
  • Bingo every Friday in June, July and ending the first weekend in August at 6:00 PM at the Lewallen Pavilion.
  • Ride the Ducks leaving from the Lewallen Pavilion every Saturday beginning March 26 through October 22, 2016, including holidays. (additional fee required).
  • Rowboat Rentals (additional fee required).
  • Fall Harvest Festival Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin painting, a magic show and yummy fall treats every Saturday in October.
  • Morning Coffee & Danish Social at the Lewallen Pavilion. Sundays – January through December, starting at 9:30 AM.  – May 23 – August 7, 2016 Weekdays (including Saturdays) starting at 7:30 AM.
  • Non-Denominational Christian Church Service – Every Sunday, January through December at 9:00 AM at the Lewallen Pavilion.

Santa Claus at the Campground’s Lewallen Pavilion – Saturday, December 10th and 17th, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

 

 Our  Final thoughts…..

We have always stayed in a premium site. I have heard complaints from people in non-premium sites about the small sizes, the dirt at the rear of sites or that the sites have drop offs that make even hooking up scary. Also the interior roads need a repaving

If your traveling with kids choose site 145-168. Those sites surround the playground, pool, sand volleyball and the huge open grass field. If you choose 140-150 it is on a busier road. Also you’re very close to the camp store. And these are Purple premium sites.

We really enjoy camping at Stone mountain park. There is so much to do at the state park, let alone how close you are to everything that Atlanta has to offer! If your coming to the Atlanta area to visit and want a good place to stay and a great location, then Stone Mountain campground is the place for you.

Final disclaimer – Due to it’s history, it would be wise to  check on any outside activities to rallies planned at the park.

 

Stone Mountain Amusement park

I can’t do it justice here; it would be like reviewing Dollywood or Disney. But here are a few of our favorites.

Summit Skyride Location: Skyride Plaza Area

The rock’s top attraction is The Summit Skyride. This high-speed Swiss cable car provides a stunning view of the Confederate Memorial Carving as it transports guests more than 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. From the top, experience amazing views of the Atlanta skyline, the Appalachian Mountains and more up to 60 miles away.

YOGI BEAR 4-D Adventure Location: Crossroads

Take a hike with the wildest bears on Earth! Join YOGI BEAR and BOO BOO as they grab lunch one picnic basket at a time in this 12-minute, action packed 4-D Adventure starring Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake. Fun for the whole family!

Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf Location: Crossroads

Putter around on a miniature golf course based on the real-life adventures of the Great Locomotive Chase. Taking on the perspective of the train’s original crew, you’ll make your way through 18 holes in hot pursuit of the stolen General locomotive.

Scenic Railroad Location: Railroad Depot in Crossroads

Climb aboard our train with a full size locomotive from the 1940s with open-air cars that will take you on a lively five-mile excursion around the mountain. Marvel at beautiful views of Stone Mountain and the surrounding landscape.

The Great Barn® Location: Crossroads

It’s harvest time in the barn! Atlanta’s most exciting adventure for families and children (primarily ages 5-12), featuring super slides, trampoline floors, climbing structures and over 65 interactive games. Complete fun tasks to earn lots of points and earn a high score.

Geyser Towers® Location: Crossroads – WATER RIDE

Multiple levels of suspended rope bridges and net tunnels connect you to towering platforms that overlook the gushing geyser. With its sporadic eruptions and multiple offshoots, you can play in the spray or stay high and dry. The options, and the fun, are all yours.

SkyHike® Location: Crossroads

IMG_1657Visit SkyHike to trek through the treetops on one of the nation’s largest family adventure courses.  No two hikes are the same!  Your choices make each hike a new challenge while secured to the patented overhead safety system.

Ride The Ducks™ Location: Crossroads $14 ticket 3 years and older $10 add on to adventure pass

Learn about Stone Mountain Park ’s history in a splashy way with Ride The Ducks™. Check out the only tour where you go from land to water to land again and you never leave your seat! The Duck vehicles are 1940’s era Army DUKWs, converted into comfortable open-air vehicles for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Historical sections

Confederate Memorial Carving

The largest high relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving, depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. The entire carved surface measures three-acres, larger than a football field and Mount Rushmore.

Quarry Exhibit

This outdoor display was developed to tell the story of an industry that played a significant part in the history of Stone Mountain. Throughout the years, 7,645,700 cubic feet of granite were removed from the mountain. This is equal to one-foot-long paving stones stretching from the North Pole to the South Pole (12,444 miles)!

Confederate Hall Historical & Environmental Education Center

The focus of Confederate Hall, located at the base of the walk-up trail, is to educate Park guests and local students about the fascinating geology and ecology of Stone Mountain. Visitors can explore the gallery, experiencing everything from interactive science exhibits to the life-size cave with a video about the origin of the mountain.

Historic Square A Collection Of Georgia Homes and Antiques Location: Historic Square

The Historic Square at Stone Mountain Park is a collection of original buildings from around the State of Georgia, built between 1793 and 1875. Each structure was moved from its original site and carefully restored to preserve its authenticity and historical value.

Grist Mill – in 1965, this century-old mill was moved to the Park from its original site near Ellijay, GA. One of the most picturesque spots in the Park, it makes a great place for picnics.

Songbird Habitat & Trail

Stone Mountain Park’s Songbird Habitat sits on the site of the former 1996 Summer Olympic Games venue for Archery and Cycling. The Woodland Trail and Meadow Trails each take you on a one mile journey into the home for beautiful birds such as the Eastern Bluebird, White-Breasted Nuthatch, and Northern Cardinal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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