Starting on the south side of the mountain and proceeding in the direction that water flows, the first significant lake is called Howell Lake, named for Hugh Howell.
Water from Howell Lake flows under a Cherokee Trail bridge and into a slightly smaller lake called Catfish Pond.
The water continues from Venable Lake across a dam and into Stone Mountain Lake. The Cherokee Trail follows this dam.
Stone Mountain Lake from Indian Island
The 323-acre Stone Mountain Lake is by far the park's largest lake. It is about eight feet lower than Venable Lake. It runs from the north side of the mountain to the south, encompassing nearly half of the mountain. It has three islands including Indian Island. (The other two islands are inaccessible.) Stone Mountain Lake is fed from the north as well as via Venable Lake from the southwest. It drains via a spillway to the south.
Stone Mountain Lake from Lakemont Golf Course
Several ponds have been formed by quarrying. They are known as Seasonal Quarry Ponds. The water level in these ponds varies with the weather.
Seasonal Quarry Pond at South Quarry
Seasonal Quarry Pond near Skyride parking lot
Seasonal Quarry Pond near Quarry Exhibit
Finally, there is a reflecting pool at the base of the carving.
There was once a reflecting pool at the summit but this is all that's left of it.