Uh oh! We don’t currently support this version of your browser. Your ride may be bumpy if you don’t upgrade to the latest version.

user rating
4.0 / 5
10 votes
Attractions & Culture

Georgia Guidestones

Flag POI
Edit POI

Hartwell Highway, Elberton, Georgia 30635 USA (706) 283-5651

  • Other Historical
  • Monument
  • Photo Op
  • Folk Art
  • Offbeat Attraction
  • Roadside Attraction

Tip: review this place & help build a better community!

  • Free Parking
  • No Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
Rated 4.0 October 17, 2014 Top Review!

Let me be frank, first. The Georgia Guidestones are a roadside attraction, not a destination in and of themselves. Since they are a far drive from Atlanta, I’d recommend stopping to see them on your way to Watson Mill Bridge State Park or Richard B Russell State Park. Both are wonderful (and not too far from each other.) But once you are out that way, you MUST make Georgia Guidestones a priority!

Typically called a cross between Stonehenge and the Rosetta Stone, no one knows the exact purpose of these granite masterpieces. They are a little freaky, and a lot weird. But there is no denying their artistic prowess.

Read full article here
  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 3

Georgia Guidestones

Hartwell Highway
Elberton, Georgia 30635 USA

(706) 283-5651

You!
Your rating:
1
2
3
4
5
Thanks!
August 9, 2014

It's off the beaten path, but worth it. Very mysterious. The drive from the interstate was beautiful--lakes and farmland. The nearby town of Elberton is the Granite Capital of the World. A very interesting side trip.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 2

Sometimes referred to as "America's Stonehenge", the Georgia Guidestones is a granite monument in Elbert County, Georgia, USA. A message clearly conveying a set of ten guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages, and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient languages' scripts: Babylonian, Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Egyptian hieroglyphs.

General consensus has long held that the slabs were erected in order to help guide what's left of humanity in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.

The mysterious stones have been the subject of many conspiracy theories since their unveiling, as the shadowy figure behind the strange monument has never come forward with an explanation for their creation, and has yet to be publicly named.

All that is known about the financiers of the project is an inscription on the ground that reads, "a small group of Americans who seek the Age of Reason."

The full text of the ten "guidelines" inscribed upon the granite tablets are as follows:

1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

2. Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.

3. Unite humanity with a living new language.

4.  Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.

5.  Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

6.  Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

7.  Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
 
8. Balance personal rights with social duties.

9. Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.

10.  Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

The four outer stones are oriented to mark the limits of the 18.6 year lunar declination cycle. The center column features a hole through which the North Star can be seen regardless of time, as well as a slot that is aligned with the Sun's solstices and equinoxes. A 7/8" aperture in the capstone allows a ray of sun to pass through at noon each day, shining a beam on the center stone indicating the day of the year.

A few feet to the west of the monument, an additional granite ledger has been set level with the ground. This tablet identifies the structure and the languages used on it, lists various facts about the size, weight and astronomical features of the stones, the date it was installed and the sponsors of the project. It also speaks of a time capsule buried under the tablet, but the fields on the stone reserved for filling in the dates on which the capsule was buried and is to be opened are missing, so it is not clear whether the time capsule was ever put in place. Each side of the tablet is perpendicular to one of the cardinal directions, and is inscribed so that the northern edge is the top of the inscription.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
Rated 5.0 January 25, 2015

My friend took me here to see the Guidestones about 6 months ago. I was in awe. They look like the work of other beings or something. haha. The inscriptions are so precise and symmetrical. Not to mention the holes for the North Star and the Solstice and all. It's amazing. I'd recommend anyone and everyone see the Guidestones at least once. It's quite a site to see.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
Rated 4.0 September 16, 2014

Very weird place that emanates very weird vibes. No one is totally sure who built the guidestones (people seem to think it might have been Ted Turner, or, you know... the illuminati), but they're pretty impressive when you see them in person. Kind of a bummer to see how people have vandalized them though.

They're a bit off the highway, but totally worth checking out if you're into mysteries and conspiracies.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
October 26, 2013

Weird!

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
Rated 4.0 March 13, 2015

Very interesting, but doesn't take long to see them. It was the conclusion of a day trip to Elder Mill Covered Bridge, then lunch.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 0
Rated 4.0 February 8, 2015

Very neat place to visit if you are traveling through the area and have an hour to kill! The guidelines listed will leave you thinking...

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 0
Rated 4.0 October 7, 2014

Pretty cool detour we enjoyed it

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 0
May 23, 2014

Can't wait to see this, but have you noticed the creepy armageddon-ey website associated with it?!

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
October 26, 2013

This is awesome. I want to see this.

  • Reply
  • Was this helpful? Yes 1
Maps © Mapbox © OpenStreetMap

Accommodation Types:

  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts & Inns
  • Boutique Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Motels
  • Unique Stays
  • Vacation Rentals
Clear All

Attractions & Culture Types:

  • All Attractions & Culture
  • Amusement Parks
  • Children's Attractions
  • Museums
  • Offbeat Attractions
  • Top Attractions
  • Zoos & Aquariums

Recommended by Roadtrippers

Clear All

Food & Drink Types:

  • All Food & Drink
  • Bars & Drinks
  • Burgers & BBQ
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Delis & Bakeries
  • Diners & Breakfast Spots
  • Ice Cream & Sweets
  • Restaurants
  • Vegetarian & Health Food
  • Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries
Clear All

Outdoors & Recreation Types:

  • All Outdoors & Recreation
  • Beaches
  • Geographical Areas
  • Geographical Features
  • National Parks
  • Nature Reserves
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Scenic Point
  • Swimming Spots
  • Trails & Hikes

Recommended by Roadtrippers

Clear All

Points of Interest Types:

  • All Points of Interest
  • Abandoned
  • Architecture
  • Film & TV
  • Historic
  • Literature
  • Military
  • Monuments
  • Photo Op
  • Planes, Trains, Autos
  • Public Art
  • Science & Tech

Recommended by Roadtrippers

Clear All

Camping & RV Types:

  • All Camping & RV
  • Cabin Rental
  • KOA Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Tent Campgrounds
Clear All

Entertainment & Nightlife Types:

  • All Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Art Galleries
  • Casinos & Gaming
  • Cinemas
  • Games & Amusements
  • Music
  • Nightlife
  • Shows & Entertainment
  • Theaters
Clear All

Services Types:

  • All Services
  • ATMs
  • Auto Services
  • Gas/Fuel Stations
  • Rest Areas
  • Tourist Information
  • Transportation
  • Vehicle Rental
Clear All

Shopping Types:

  • All Shopping
  • Antiques
  • Books & Music
  • Crafts & Handmade
  • General Goods
  • Gifts & Souvenirs
  • Groceries
  • Malls & Shopping Areas
  • Quirky Shops
  • Thrift & Flea

Recommended by Roadtrippers

Clear All

Sports Types:

  • All Sports
  • Adventure Sports
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Sports
  • Fishing & Hunting
  • Golf
  • Gyms & Fitness
  • Skate & Surf Spots
  • Stadiums
  • Water Sports
  • Winter Sports
Clear All

Motoring Types:

  • All Motoring
  • Automotive Attractions
  • Off-Road Trails
  • Racetracks
  • Scenic Drives
Clear All
  • My Unsaved Trip
  • Places I've Been
  • My Saved Places
  • Collection
  • Accommodation
  • Attractions & Culture
  • Food & Drink
  • Outdoors & Recreation
  • Points of Interest
  • Camping & RV
  • Entertainment & Nightlife
  • Services
  • Shopping
  • Sports
  • Motoring
  • DON'T FORGET TO SAVE YOUR TRIP. CLICK HERE.

0 Layers