Y’all, there was a day when I could have said with confidence that “I don’t camp.” Two boys later and I do things every single day that I never thought I would and, quite often, I truly enjoy myself! When I thought up my 40th birthday bucket list, I listed “do it all at Stone Mountain” as number 7. I started researching this in January and, before I knew it, had booked a yurt campsite AND convinced bestie M to tag along exploring the park for a weekend.
Stone Mountain is located right here in 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 the boys would be in heaven! We booked our yurts eight months ago and finally, just a couple of weeks ago, spent the weekend away at Stone Mountain.
For the two families, we booked two side-by-side yurts. Now, what is a yurt, you ask? It 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.
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.
We had spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets from our little corner of the campground.
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.
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 littles 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.
The adults played cards, cooked, talked and relaxed.
As far as meals, we grilled hot dogs and kebobs Friday night, cooked pancakes and bacon Saturday morning, ate in the park Saturday afternoon, ordered pizza Saturday night and devoured all of our leftovers Sunday morning. One of the highlights was roasting marshmallows and making campfire cones. And yes, I brought a Keurig. A girl’s gotta have her coffee. I thought we ate pretty well for camping!
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.
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.
There is really so much to do here and we absolutely enjoyed our stay – lack of bathrooms aside :-) I felt like a weekend was the perfect amount of time. By Sunday at lunch I was pretty much ready for a shower and the creature comforts of home.
I feel sure this was an adventure the littles will not soon forget. These are the days…
DIXIE DELIGHTS DELIVERED