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Panola Mountain State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-389-7801

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. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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A National Heritage Area
» 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
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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. Learn more at www.arabiaalliance.org.

$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 ($35–$70)
• Conference Room (seats 50, $95)
• Alexander Lake Pavilion — call for reservations
• 5 Primitive Campsites ($20) — ½-mile hike
• Amphitheater
• Nature Center & Gift Shop
• 2 Fishing Lakes

Things To Do & See:

Hiking — 25 miles of trails
• Bike Rental ($10/hour) — 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

Panola Mountain State Park Business Plan

School Programs at Panola Mountain

Friends of Panola Mountain State Park

Muddy Spokes Club

Panola Mountain Research Watershed Area

WSB TV Hidden Treasures: Hiking at Panola

WSB TV Hidden Treasures:Tree Climbing at Panola

HLN Morning Express 3D Panola Archery


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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, May 28, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, May 29, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Monday, May 30, 2016 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. Our indoor archery classes are a great place to brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, May 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 29, 2016 2 PM to 4 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. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park", a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and it's programs.  $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Panola Mountain State Park 10k/5k - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 8 AM
Greater Atlanta Athletes present the 2016 Greater Atlanta Run Series! Panola Mountain is the second run in this five-part 5K series and is a great way to kick off National Trails Day. Must register with Greater Atlanta Athletes to run.  $25-$30 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Morning Mountain Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Celebrate National Trails Day with a guided tour of Panola Mountain and it's conservation area. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3.5 mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must Register in advance by calling Nature Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
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 23rd.  $125 per child parking included. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 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. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Jul 9, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1 PM
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Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Frog Slog - National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Learn how to identify frogs. Investigate wetlands and streams in search of frogs, salamanders, and aquatic insects. Be prepared to get wet, muddy, and bring change of shoes/ clothes, water bottle, nets, seines and buckets. Meet at the Alexander Lake Bathroom. Please register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1 PM to 5 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. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Creature Feature
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
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Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 3:30 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).  $20 - $25 plus $5 parking. 678-418-1111.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Jul 16, 2016 8 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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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. Advance registration is required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Outdoor Adventure Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
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 6.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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Great American Campout - Family Fun Camping Night
Friday, Jun 24, 2016 6 PM
Join a park ranger for a night of camping under the stars. Learn backpacking tips like how to properly pack your bag and Leave No Trace Principles. We will provide water for campers and will have wilderness education programs throughout the night finishing up the day's activities with a campfire to roast s'mores. Must register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Archery Camp
Monday, Jun 27, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016 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 June 13th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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4th of July Fireworks Hike
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 8 PM to 11 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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, face painting, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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You may have heard about Panola Mountain's unique ecology, but are you ready to discover some of the mountain's lesser-known history? Join our expert tracker and guide to head off the trail and explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Hike is strenuous, 6+ miles. Must register in advance. Ages 14 and older.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Hidden Gem
ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday & Sunday 7 PM from Sep 10, 2016 until Sep 11, 2016 
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.  $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 3rd 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 today! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 5 PM to 8 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.  $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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