Stone Mountain {Dixie Delights Guest Post}

One of the first blogs I ever started reading many years ago was Amanda’s blog, Dixie Delights, which is my go-to for Disney Tips & Tricks,  incredible recaps of travel and tips around the us,  great recipes, and sharing the day to day of a fellow Southern mom.  Her blog always makes you feel at home like you could pull up a chair on the porch with a glass of sweet tea.  I was thrilled when she agreed to share her family’s experience camping at Stone Mountain!

Hello campers! I am Amanda from Dixie Delights and I was *delighted* when my friend Andie asked me to share about our camping experience at Stone Mountain.

Stone Mountain is located just outside of Atlanta and is “Georgia’s most popular attraction”. The 3,200 acre park features a variety of family activities and many natural and historical sights. In the heart of the park is also Georgia’s #1 campground – Stone Mountain Campground. When I started perusing their site and laid eyes on the yurts, I knew my boys would be in heaven! We booked our yurt eight months in advance. Campsites, especially in the fall on the water, are limited and do book up in advance.

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We traveled with our best friends and booked two side-by-side yurts. A yurt is a circular tent on a collapsible frame that has beds, furniture, AND air conditioning. We had lovely sweeping views of the lake and Stone Mountain itself that were enjoyable from both the front and back decks.

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Inside was a tall vaulted ceiling with sky light, a fan, beds for 5, a rocker and table and chairs. It was extremely spacious and comfortable.

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We had spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets from our little corner of the campground.

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The lake was so calm and peaceful. The littles loved the ducks, and we usually awoke to find the lake peppered with stand up paddle boards, kayaks and fishermen.

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We arrived Friday afternoon and stayed until around lunch on Sunday. We spent Friday night at the campground, went into Stone Mountain Park on Saturday, lounged back at the campsite Saturday afternoon, attended the Laser Show Saturday night, and hiked the mountain Sunday morning. The kids loved their time at the campsite and were entertained with enos, Pokemon Go, card games, ducks, chase, a scavenger hunt, riding scooters and just hanging out being kids.

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The adults played cards, cooked, talked and relaxed.

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As far as the rest of the campground, everything was well run and VERY clean. There was a General Store for basic supplies, a pavilion with a complimentary breakfast social on the weekend, a nice pool, volleyball courts and a playground.

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If you go:

  • Yurts are a fantastic way to stay! They easily sleep 5 and all you need to bring is your sheets (or sleeping bags) and pillows. They are very clean and comfortable. Yurts come with a fire pit and charcoal grill. Of course, you will need wood, charcoal, food and all of that stuff.
  • Yurt site 1 is the best. It is perched right on the corner with sweeping views of the lake. You reserve your site when booking. Yurt site 2 does have the best concrete pad, as it is handicap accessible. If going with others, I would definitely try for Yurts 1 and 2 for the best of both worlds.
  • There are only 6 yurts – book early!
  • We did the Stay and Play package which included 2 nights in the Yurt, four 2-day park tickets (don’t have to be used consecutive days so we will go back this fall or winter!), four slushies and a bundle of firewood. When it was all said and done, our total was around $325. Park tickets alone for two days would have run us around $235.
  • The yurts do not have bathrooms. There are comfort stations available and, while they are VERY clean, they are extremely hot. Yurts 1 and 2 are the farthest walk to the bathroom, but still not far.
  • If you are looking for a campsite for a tent, number 69 looked amazing. It was right below us and more private than most. It had great views of the lake and Stone Mountain.
  • If not having a bathroom is not acceptable, they were just finishing a handful of RVs that will begin renting next week. They sleep 4, have TV, a kitchen and a bathroom.
  • There is a bus that runs to the laser show from the campground. This would be a fantastic way to get there. We wished we had taken it.
  • Garbage picks up every day.

Thanks again, Andie, for having me! You can learn more about me and Dixie Delights HERE.

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