Until my recent move, walking was my main form of exercise. My new neighborhood isn't as friendly for walking as Winnona Park near downtown Decatur, GA, so most of my workouts are spent planted on a stationary bike while watching NetFlix. I much prefer getting outside to exercise, so it's a treat when I have a free day and can head over to my favorite hiking spot, Stone Mountain. The most popular trail is the Walkup Trail, which as you might guess, takes you straight up the mountain. The Walkup Trail is just over a mile. It starts out pretty easy at first, but the higher you go, the steeper it gets.
As popular as the Walkup Trail is, I'm surprised more people don't walk the other trails surrounding Stone Mountain. According to the brochure, there are about 15 miles of trails in the park, and while they don't all present the physical challenge of a steep, uphill mile, there are enough ups and downs to get your heart pumping and muscles working.
My favorite route is a 5 mile loop around Stone Mountain. I hiked 15 miles today and took pictures from my favorite parts of my favorite trails.
|The start of the trail doesn't|
look like much of a trail.
|So you have to follow the|
orange hash marks.
|Into the woods after a quarter|
mile of following the dotted line.
|On an earlier walk, this deer tolerated me|
long enough to pose for a photo.
|My favorite water crossing. I find this|
spot very peaceful.
|Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.|
I took the white one.
|I saw several ducks today.|
Here are four of them.
|Near the Labyrinth.|
|On a hot summer day, this shallow spot|
is usually filled with splashing children.
|This section always reminds me of the|
hobbits walking out of The Shire.
I am a nerd.
|Met a box turtle today.|
|I never thought of climbing the mountain|
in this area until I saw this sign.
|Fire and dry leaves. What could go wrong?|
Actually, there was a minor fire today!
|Not something you see every day|
on the trail.
|A most glorious sight after a long hike:|
the public restrooms!