Now that the family reunion was over, it was time to pack up “Maypearl the Minivan” and get back onto the road. But before we left town we made a pitstop at the Georgia’s famed Stone Mountain Park (http://www.stonemountainpark.com/) to visit the attractions and of course, to see the Confederate Memorail Carving. According to the brochure, the Confederate Memoral Carving is the largest high relief sculpture in the world. It 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. The carving of the three men towers 400 feet above the ground, measures 90 by 190 feet, and is recessed 42 feet into the mountain. The deepest point of the carving is at Lee’s elbow, which is 12 feet to the mountain’s surface. It’s a pretty impressive site that helped deepen the Cubs’ understanding of Civil War History.
It seemed that we picked the perfect time to visit because there weren’t a lot of people at the park late morning. We checked in at the visitor’s center and then grabbed our map and headed on our way to the Summit Sky Ride. This high-speed cable car provided stunning views of the mountain and the carving as it transported us more than 825 feet above the ground to the top of Stone Mountain. Once there, the views of the city were just breathtaking and Hubby pointed out some of the landmarks from up high. There’s even a snack bar and gift shop on top of the mountain too in case you get a little hungry or thristy after hiking around the rocky summit.
Stone Mountain Park also has a lot of other great attractions for family visitors including a scenic railrod, a 12-minute 4-D movie experience, geyser towers, miniture golf, “Duck” water tours, an antebellum plantation and farmyard and the “Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision” for great nighttime entertainment. (Be sure to come early to get a good spot on the lawn so you can see the show as they project lasers on the massive carving). You can make a complete day (and night) of it at the park because there’s just so much more to do and learn. But for me, the best vantage point to enjoy it all is from on high – atop Stone Mountain.