My family and I love climbing Stone Mountain. It’s just hard enough to count as pretty decent exercise (for me, at least) without leaving me feeling drained for the rest of the day. I enjoy the company of the other people climbing the mountain — you see all kinds of people, from families with tiny children to serious looking athletes! And the views of downtown Atlanta and the other surrounding areas, especially in the early morning light, are beautiful.
A couple days ago, my family and I braved the cooler morning temperatures and climbed the mountain around sunrise. If you’re around, you should do the same! It’s worth it.
One quick word of advice: It’s colder and windier at the top of the mountain! Dress in layers that you can take off as you climb, but quickly put back on when you get to the top.
* All photos courtesy of my sister.