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The summit of the mountain can be reached by a walk-up trail on the west side of the mountain or by the Skyride aerial tram.
Stone Mountain is a pluton, a type of igneous intrusion.
Embedded in the granite are xenoliths or pieces of foreign rocks entrained in the magma.
The granite intruded into the metamorphic rocks of the Piedmont region during the last stages of the Alleghenian Orogeny, which was the time when North America and North Africa collided.
Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock and the site of Stone Mountain Park near Stone Mountain, Georgia.
At its summit, the elevation is 1,686 feet (514 m) MSL and 825 feet (251 m) above the surrounding area.
and coincided with the August 1915 lynching of Leo Frank.
The Venable Brothers, owners of the mountain, deeded the north face of the mountain to the UDC in 1916.
The largest bas-relief sculpture in the world, the Confederate Memorial Carving depicts three Confederate leaders of the Civil War: President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. "Stonewall" Jackson (and their favorite horses, "Blackjack", "Traveller", and "Little Sorrel", respectively).
The entire carved surface measures 1.57 acres (6,400 m).
The carving of the three men towers 400 feet (120 m) above the ground, measures 76 by 158 feet (23 by 48 m), and is recessed 42 feet (13 m) into the mountain.
The deepest point of the carving is at Lee's right elbow, which is 12 feet (3.7 m) to the mountain's surface.