Stone Mountain is one of the best places for hiking in the Atlanta area. With its many miles of trails and wide variety, there's a hike here for almost everyone.
The Cherokee Trail is a 4.6-mile (7.4-kilometer) trail around most of the mountain which crosses its west shoulder. It provides many excellent views and a great range of environments.
The Muscogee Trail is a 1.5-mile (2.4-kilometer) trail between two lakes near the north gate on Jefferson Davis Drive. It is a relatively level trail through the woods with views of Stone Mountain Lake.
The King's Trail is one of several trails on Indian Island in the southern part of Stone Mountain Lake. It is 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) in length and relatively level and follows the shoreline for much of its length.
The Nature Garden Trail is a convenient, seven-tenths-mile (1.1-kilometer) trail through the forest on the southwest side of the mountain.
The Songbird Habitat Trail is two-thirds of a mile (1.1 kilometers) long.
The Evergreen Heron Trail goes from the Cherokee Trail to the Evergreen Hotel, following the south side of Stone Mountain Lake. It is 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) long and is marked with arrow signs nailed to trees.
The Evergreen Hawk Trail is a short trail located at the Evergreen Hotel. It's just four tenths of a mile (two thirds of a kilometer) in length and connects with the Heron Trail at its end and again at the lake. Like the Heron Trail, it's marked with signs nailed to trees.
There's also an Evergreen Bluebird Trail which is an out-and-back less than two tents of a mile (three tenths of a kilometer) in each direction.
There are several connecting trails which are blazed in orange.
In addition to these official trails, there are many more trails which are unofficial and are not maintained but nonetheless are well-worn and easy to follow.
Dogs are allowed on all trails except the Walk-Up Trail, Songbird Habitat Trail, and Woodland Trail. The Muscogee Trail and King's Trail are among the most popular for dogs. Leashes are required.
This guide has individual trail descriptions for most of these trails and they are all shown on the trails map.
Please practice proper trail etiquette by staying on established trails and respecting the environment as well as other hikers.