I recommend a weekend of Stone Mountain camping, especially for those who enjoy a more “pampered” approach to camping (which can be GREAT with smaller kids, like mine.) With water and electricity, clean comfort stations, the lake and park activities, a swimming pool, free wifi, a playground, and the free Lasershow, this makes a GREAT way to affordably staycation or escape for the weekend!
My family of four tent-camped at Stone Mountain Park at the beginning of summer, and had a great time introducing our toddler to camping in Ga. It was a very “easy” place to camp with plenty of amenities, activities, and drive-in camping sites.
We stayed in a partial hookup, in a tent, on the water. We only needed to take a short walk to the comfort station, with restrooms and showers. It was a great location – flat and covered with shade from the towering pine trees! We set up the tent and then played in Stone Mountain Lake. (Where else can you find a place like that, camping in Ga??? Woot!) Swimming is prohibited here, but the boys waded in with their feet, fed the ducks and watched the fish swim right up to their toes.
We purchased firewood from the Trading Post store near the front of the campgrounds. They also had a few groceries and camping supplies there. Back at camp we made a fire, then started dinner. After eating, we headed over to the Lasershow Spectacular. (Please note that you can also bring a cooler and have dinner here.)
After breakfast, we drove to the Grist Mill and toured that area, walked the Nature Trail, and then played at the campground playground with tons of other kids from the campground. At 10am the campground pool opened, and we swam there for a long while. The pool is 3ft at both ends, and 5ft in the middle, which was great for the kids. Oh – did I mention that I posted pictures for the grandparents the whole time we were there? Wifi is included with camping!
Other fun things for campers include taking out a canoe or paddle boat on Stone Mountain Lake, enjoying an early Ride the Ducks tour exclusively for campers, walking the hike to the top of the mountain or taking the Sky Lift, or visiting the Park itself – Geyser Towers are fun in the summer.
Disclosure: Thank you to Stone Mountain Park for the complimentary camping experience. That in no way affected my opinions.
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.