Here's another Georgia post - this time from Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain is well-known not just because of it's gigantic geological mass, but also for the world's largest bas-relief. The carving depicts three Confederate figures during the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, and their horses: Blackjack, Traveller and Little Sorrel.
The mountain itself is awe inspiring, let alone the facts and figures of the relief. Stone Mountain is more than five miles in circumference at its base with an elevation of 1,686 feet at the summit. Work began in 1964 on the carving and continued until 1972. The entire carved surface measures just over 1.5 acres, just a hair smaller than two football fields. It is an incredible work of art and a must-see if you're in the greater Atlanta area.
You can hike up (and down) one side of the mountain, but we opted for the round-trip ticket on the mountainside tram. It was worth every penny to 1. not have to hike up this beast of a rock, but 2. to get a unique look at the relief and surrounding areas. At the top of the mountain, it was a bit hazy, but you could still see downtown Atlanta and Buckhead easily. It was a gorgeous day to be outside and enjoying such a cool historical marker. Cheers!