Panola Mountain State Park

Panola Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-389-7801

WATERSHED TRAIL CLOSED: The Watershed Trail is closed for repairs and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you will enjoy our other trails and return to hike the improved Watershed Trail. 
LAKE NOTICE: Both lakes have been lowered for maintenance and dam inspection. The Upper Lake is expected to be re-filled as soon as repairs can ensure the dam’s safety. Plans for the Lower Lake are contingent on assessment results. Both lakes remain open for fishing. 

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A National Heritage Area
» Hiking Notice:
» Ranger-led guided hikes are required to access the mountain itself. 
› For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on certain trails at Panola Mountain.
» Programs:
› Due to the popularity of our programs, all require advanced registration. Call to schedule a private event for your group.
 Group Contracts:
Archery
Educational
Recreational
Tree Climbing
Adult Waiver Release Form
Minor Waiver Release Form
"Home to a rare, pristine monadnock, Panola Mountain State Park provides you an oasis near Metro Atlanta to play, unwind, learn or discover the diverse natural and cultural heritage of the piedmont region."

Just 15 minutes from Atlanta is a recreational haven for all ages and interests. Visitors can picnic while children work off energy on the playground. The park offers archery, boat rental, geocaching, orienteering, birding and tree-climbing programs. A paved trail is open for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking, while forested fitness trails are open for hiking and running.

Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Park visitors will see the outcrop and its rare ecosystem just as Native Americans did centuries ago. Reservations are required for ranger-led hikes that teach about the rare plants and animals found in this habitat.  

Panola Mountain State Park is the crown jewel of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state. The park’s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition. Over the years, this area has been home to early settlers, immigrant rock cutters, freed slaves and even Trappist monks. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is a partnership among the state of Georgia, DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and numerous communities and public-private partners. Panola has also been designated a National Natural Landmark.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/PanolaMountain

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Facilities:

• 1,635 Acres
• 4 Picnic Shelters
Meeting Room (seats 50)
• Alexander Lake Pavilion — reserve through park office
• 5 Primitive Campsites — 1/2-mile hike to campsites, vehicles are prohibited in campground
• Amphitheater
• Nature Center & Gift Shop
• 2 Fishing Lakes

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 3 miles of trails
• Bike Rental ($10/hour) — access to the 31-mile paved Arabia PATH Trail
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Jogging
Archery Range (fee) — annual pass available
• Geocaching
• Orienteering
Tree Climbing
• Fishing
Birding
• Picnicking
• Playground
• Bouldering — permit required
• Weddings — park approval required
Interpretive Programs

Nearby Attractions:

Arabia Mountain Heritage Area
• Atlanta, Georgia
Conyers, GA
DeKalb County
Hard Labor Creek State Park & Golf Course
Henry County
High Falls State Park
Indian Springs State Park
Self-Guided Bike Tour at Arabia Mountain
• Stone Mountain Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Rockdale County

Friends of Panola Mountain

Panola Mountain Research Watershed Area

WSB TV Hidden Treasures: Hiking at Panola

WSB TV Hidden Treasures: Tree Climbing at Panola

Archery Review from FieldTripsWithSue


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Events
Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
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Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Mountain Milers Walking Club
Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 9 AM to 11 AM
Looking for a trail buddy? No one wants to walk alone and now you don't have to! Panola is offering a weekly walking program for those who want to safely exercise in the great outdoors. Every Wednesday, we'll be walking along the PATH Trail, gradually working up to longer distances. Strollers and dogs welcome! Meet at the Nature Center at 9 AM. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Panola Pollinator Planting
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 to Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 9 AM
Have you ever wanted to volunteer at a Georgia State Park? Well here is your chance! Panola Mountain is looking for energetic volunteers ready to plant native wildflowers, collected and grown locally, to encourage Monarch Butterfly as well as other pollinator population growth. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
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Have you ever wanted to release your inner archer? Maybe you're just looking for a place to hone your skills, no matter the weather. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, NOT at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, May 7, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jul 8, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, May 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, May 20, 2017 10 AM to 3 PM
Are you in love with lizards? Silly for snakes? Head-over-heels for herpetofauna? Or maybe you just think they're neat. Learn about and meet fascinating reptiles from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society.  $5. Kids 3 and under are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible
South River Land/Water Trail Stewardship: National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
In celebration of National Trails Day, join South River Watershed Alliance and Panola Mountain State Park with a hike to explore the South River's riparian, floodplain, and aquatic ecology. Later in the day participants will enjoy a river float and cleanup and learn more about the plants and animals that inhabit the South River corridor.  $20 plus $5 parking. 404-285-3756.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us as we celebrate National Trails Day where few get to tread. This ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain will give you a beautiful view of the sunset over Atlanta's skyline. Bring flashlights, hiking boots, bug spray and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited, please call to register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Junior Ranger Day Camp
9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 5, 2017 until Jun 9, 2017 
This 5-day program will introduce kids ages 6-10 to the wonders of the outdoors. Activities include hiking, frog hunting, bug catching, bird watching, craft making, geocaching, orienteering and more. Bring lunch and snacks. Apply sunscreen and bug spray each day. Registration ends May 26th.  $125 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Moonlight Mountain Hike - Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 10, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us for a ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire, where we'll enjoy s'mores! Bring flashlights, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Archery Camp
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
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Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 10-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-D range. Register by May 29th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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Outdoor Adventure Camp
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
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Tired of the same old summer camp? Looking for some adventure this summer? We have the solution! If you’re interested in archery, bouldering, kayaking, tree climbing, paddle boarding, outdoor living skills, and more, this is the camp for you. Ages 10-14. Must register by June 5th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
Soak It In
ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping
Saturday, Jun 24, 2017 6 PM
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 6 PM
Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars through shimmering branches. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants should bring dinner, breakfast and a sleeping bag. Non-climbers allowed to camp. Register in advance, space is very limited!  $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
4th of July Fireworks Hike
Sunday, Jul 2, 2017 8 PM to 10:30 PM
Slow down this July 4th and join a ranger for a leisurely stroll to the top of Panola Mountain. As the sun sets we will enjoy a panoramic view of Stone Mountain and Atlanta's Independence Day Celebrations from a distance. Bring water, bug spray, and a flashlight for the walk back down the mountain to a waiting campfire and s'mores.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wildflowers and Wetlands
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Join park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. We will be planting local wildflowers in our sweeping "Power of Flight" grassland habitat area, cleaning litter from our lake shores, and giving your park the care she deserves. All ages welcome. Meet at the Alexander Lakes parking area.  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
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Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 4th annual Panola State Park's Trunk-O-Treat. Boys and ghouls can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground. There will be games, face painting, tree climbing and contests. Will you have the creepiest trunk? Call to register your car. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 4 AM to 7:30 AM
Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop. Get a goody bag and hot cocoa for you, and a special souvenir for your elf. Must register for event in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Address/Directions
Panola Mountain State Park
2620 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County


GPS Coordinates:

N 33.623400 | W -084.172800
Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Highway 155 via I-20 exit #68.


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Panola Mountain State Park
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