Environment and History of Stone Mountain Park
Along with a distinctive history as old as the mountain, there are several different and unique natural communities within Stone Mountain Park. Exploring the park’s natural and social history will reveal a diverse number of plants, animals, and artifacts that inhabit the mountain and surrounding protected areas. Begin your exploration at the Confederate Hall Historical and Environmental Educations Center’s geology and ecology museum. Over two-thirds of the park has been designated the “Natural District” by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association which prohibits further development. The Natural District includes pristine woodlands, streams, lakes, fields, and most notably the mountain’s granite outcrop community. Many restoration projects have been implemented within the Natural District including invasive species removal and streamside improvements
The Harold Cox Nature Garden and trail, through interpretive signage, will introduce visitors to a variety of native plants, trees, and flowering shrubs. The Songbird Habitat and Trails familiarize visitors with a variety of sun loving plant species and a variety of birds found in the park.
Just one of many, the Cherokee Trail is a 5 mile historic trail which explores much of the Natural District around the base of Stone Mountain. It was designed as a National Recreation Trail in 1971. For a list of all trails please visit the trails page.