#7 in a series of 10 Extraordinary Roadside Attractions in Georgia. Summer’s here and the time is right for finding odd things by the streets.Thinking road trip? Georgia’s back roads bloom with odd sites, strange creatures and mystic wonders. Here are a few worth checking out.

stmtn600Sure, Atlantans take the big carving for granted and it honors the wrong side in the Civil War, but, come on, it’s something you won’t see anywhere else. Georgia’s own version of Mount Rushmore covers three acres on the side of the state’s most prominent monadnock. The 90-by-190-foot carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson towers 400 feet above the ground. The best view of it, of course, comes from the cable car that takes you to the top of the big rock (1,683 feet above sea level). Up there, on clear days, you can get a pretty good look at Atlanta, too.

Links: Stone Mountain Park, Wikipedia, Our Georgia History, PBS,

How to get there: Take U.S. 78 to Exit 8. Entry into the park costs $8 per car. Cable car costs extra.


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