Stone Mountain Walk Up and Cherokee Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 776' 237 m
Descent: -836' -255 m
High: 1,666' 508 m
Low: 842' 257 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 35% (19°)
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“Hike up the Walk-Up Trail and then back down to the intersecting Cherokee Trail, to circle Stone Mountain.”— Leah Rawdon
Use caution during wet conditions, the rock surfaces of the Walk-Up Trail can be extremely slippery.
As you make your way back down the Walk-Up Trail, it intersects with the Cherokee Trail in roughly a north/south direction. The Cherokee Trail is blazed with white markers and all intersections with other trails are well marked. This trail makes its way north and then turns to the east as it follows the base of the mountain toward the Confederate Memorial Carving viewing area at the front. Heading toward the east side of the mountain, there is a working spring house and grist mill and beyond that, a covered bridge. On the far side, the trail comes to a fork where the Cherokee Trail turns to the left to cross over Venable Lake, and the Connector Trail (orange blazes) turns to the right.
The Connector Trail follows along the north side of Venable Lake and continues on to cross Stonewall Jackson Drive. It follows alongside Robert E. Lee Boulevard for a short period before picking up again on the right side of the road, and continuing in a northwest direction. At this section, the Cherokee Trail, Connector Trail, and Stone Mountain State Park Loop have merged into a singletrack. This section also runs quite closely to the railroad tracks and the train can be seen passing periodically.
Eventually, the Cherokee Trail veers to the right as it starts to move back up the mountainside. The Connector Trail/Stone Mountain State Park Loop continues northwest to pass over the foot of the mountain and completes the entire loop back at the Confederate Hall parking lot. During this section of the trail there is also a smaller loop, the Nature Garden Trail (green blazes), that branches off from the main trail and then brings you back to the Connector Trail/Stone Mountain State Park Loop after 0.8 miles.
* Chimney flues still standing from old homes and lodges.
* The working Spring House built by the Venable brothers contracting company.
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Land Manager: Stone Mountain Memorial Association