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Old 11-03-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I have 1 day to spare in my stay in ATL and wondering whether checking out Stone Mountain Park would be worth the trip.

Considering that I will be staying in Midtown without a car, is there a better way of getting there than a cabride? if not, what's the estimated fare for such a trip?

That is to say if it's worth the trip if I want to spend the day getting the most of the city i.e Olympic Park, CNN Center, Coca Cola Factory etc...

What would u guys recommend?
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Old 11-04-2009, 01:52 AM
 
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Whether you should visit Stone Mountain Park depends on what you want to do there. The park is a nice place to visit and has plenty of things to do (primarily geared towards families), but the attractions in the park are spread out and without a car you'd be doing a lot of walking. And I honestly think that everyone comes in a car unless they are going to walk, run or bike for exercise at the park. However, if you are interested in just being outdoors and hiking up the mountain (it's not that bad) then you should consider it.

I don't know what cab fare might be, but I would guess it's at least $30. And the cab would likely drop you off at the entrance because it would cost them (or you) $10 to enter the park.

The main alternative to a cab would be to take a MARTA train to the Avondale station and then take a bus to downtown Stone Mountain. It would be less than a mile walk to a park entrance, and you'd enter near the starting point to walk up the mountain. Plus, on foot you don't pay an entrance fee.

Another alternative I'll throw out there (in case you like to exercise) is that you could rent a bicycle in Midtown and bike out to Stone Mountain along the PATH trail.

If you want to be outdoors and stay intown then I'd suggest going to Piedmont Park and the Botanical Gardens.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:56 AM
JPD
 
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I go to Stone Mountain almost every weekend for an around the mountain hike with my dog, and I'm reluctant to discourage anyone from going, but in your case the logistics are too much of a hurdle. I'd find something else to do for the day that's close to Midtown. Piedmont Park is probably a good option.
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Old 11-04-2009, 07:13 AM
 
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I'm with JPD on this. I'd hit a few things closer to where you are staying.
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