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. 
» Dogs are welcome on public trails as long as they remain on a 6-foot leash. Pets are not permitted in the conservation area. 
» Programs:
› Due to the popularity of our programs, all require advanced registration. Call to schedule a private event for your group.
 Group Contracts:
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.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.


• 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
• 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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Guided Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Jul 30, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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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. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Aug 6, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
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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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 9, 2017 7 PM to 9 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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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 12, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 1 PM to 3 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 9 & 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
ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping
Saturday, Aug 12, 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.
Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.
Saturday, Sep 2, 2017 5 PM to 7 PM
Come out for a fun 5K race and help AWARE save wild animals at the same time. The course will be a mix of paved and hard-packed trails, winding through beautiful Panola Mountain State Park, one of the jewels of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Must Register with Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Efforts (AWARE).  $30 pre-registration $5 parking. 678-418-1111.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Dec 10, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Improve your archery skills in this class that focuses on accuracy and shooting farther distances. Students must attend three basic archery classes before attending this program. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 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 PM to 7:30 PM
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.
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
2620 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281 A 100-acre granite monadnock similar to Stone Mountain gives Panola its name. Ranger-led hikes, a pa...
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Panola Mountain State Park