We had a large pull through site.
The next day we went for a pedal bike ride and then drove around the park just getting our bearings as it is huge with lots of amenities but we were here really for the mountain. Can't say the town of Stone Mountain impressed us much at all, my advice is enjoy the park.
Alright so today is mountain day!
Stone Mountain is a monadnock which is a hill or mountain of erosion-resisting rock rising above the surrounding countryside. The resisting rock in this case is granite and with time (roughly 285 million years) the 8-10 miles of land wore away leaving Stone Mountain standing almost 800 ft high.
Starting the walk up the mountain.
A Gum Tree.
Actually it's a power pole that people stick their gum on.
About halfway up it really starts getting steep!
The total hike is 1.5 miles, once on top the views are awesome. It was windy but it felt good as it was a hot humid day
Atlanta 14 miles away.
It was so enjoyable on top. We spent time just taking it all in then made our way down the mountain to the education center where we watched some movies and looked at the displays.
Next we drove to the Confederate Memorial on the mountain which is the largest basrelief carving in the world. The idea was conceived in 1909 by Mrs. Helen Plane . It took over 66 years and 3 sculptors to complete the project.
This was very impressive, on the weekends in season they have a lazer light show that is pretty spectacular.
We enjoyed our time at Stone Mountain and highly recommend it. Again we were there in the off season and during the week so it wasn't as crowded.
Next stop was Montgomery Alabama
We stayed at Capital City RV Park which is minutes from Montgomery. It was a nice clean park with big level sites at $27 a night with Good Sam discount.
The next day we went to the Hank Williams Memorial Cemetery.
"Praise The Lord I Saw The Light"
"Now I'm So Happy No Sorrow In Sight"
Next was the Hank Williams Museum.
It was a wonderful display and of course the baby blue Cadillac was the icing on the cake.
Across from the museum was the Riverfront.
Behind the sign is Union Station located on the Alabama river which is now the visitors center. The Romanesque Revival style station was once the heyday of railroad travel.
This towering Train Shed behind Union Station is a National Historic Landmark and one of the few surviving industrial structures of this type. The stained glass on the end of the structure was beautiful.
The above picture was taken from the river front.
This spot is the deep bend of the Alabama river. The first steamboat, the Harriett, arrived at this point in 1812 and the first railroad arrived 1840 making Montgomery a transportation hub for people and commerce. When cotton was king, millions of bales were shipped from the wharf here by steamboat to Mobile and the mills of England.
Next stop was the First White House of the Confederacy.
Many personal items of President and Mrs. Davis are in the house as well as authentic furnishing of the period. The 1835 Italianate style house is beautiful. Next to the house on the right is the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
The ADAH has been the home of Alabama history for more than a century. It is the nation's oldest state-funded, independent archival and historical agency. Also home to the Museum of Alabama this magnificent all marble building is very impressive. Across the street is the state capital.
Well after being a tourist all day we needed an adult beverage and were lucky enough to find the only brewery in town.
We enjoyed our time in Montgomery and actually could have spent more time as there was so much to see but we needed to continue south. So tomorrow is a move day which will put us in Louisiana.
Thanks for following our travels.
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