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

A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA

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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.  Anglers can bring their fishing poles to catch dinner at Alexander Lake. The park even 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.


   Panola Mountain State Park Business Plan

Park Hours:
Open Daily - 7 AM to Dusk
Nature Center Hours:
8:30 AM to 5 PM. Closed on Wednesday.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/PanolaMountain


FACILITIES:
    • 1,635 Acres
    • 4 Picnic Shelters ($70)
    • Conference Room (seats 50, $165) and Alexander Lake Pavilion -- contact park for reservations
    • 5 Primitive Campsites ($20) -- Half mile hike in to site. Water and restroom available in Parking Lot.
    • Nature Center and Gift Shop
    • 2 Fishing Lakes


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    Hiking-- 2 miles of self-guided nature trails, 20 miles of PATH Foundation paved trails and guided 3.5-mile hikes to the mountain (call for reservations) .
    Bicycling and Jogging -- bike rental, access to 25-mile, paved Rockdale River and Arabia Mountain PATH Trail, Muddy Spokes Club
    Archery Range (fee, annual pass available, static and 3-D range)
    GeoCaching
    • Orienteering
    Tree Climbs
    • Fishing -- boat rental, Georgia fishing license & park permit required
    Birding
    • Paddling -- kayak, stand-up paddle board (SUP) and aquacycle rental (call for schedule)
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    Weddings (park approval required)




WSB TV "Hidden Treasures" video:
     - Hiking at Panola (part 1)
     - Tree Climbing at Panola (part 2)

     - HLN Morning Express 3D Panola Archery



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Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 23, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Aug 24, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
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Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Friday, Aug 29, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaImprove 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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 8 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunBring 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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
2nd Annual 3-D and Static Archery Tournament
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 8 AM
Tons of FunPanola Mountain State Park is holding its 2nd annual archery tournament featuring 3-D and static range competitions for ages 9 and up. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available.  Early Registration $25-$35 Late Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for an enchanted evening as we hike to the mountaintop under the moon. We'll head out just before sunset and enjoy the stroll as the moon begins to rise. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Meet at the nature center 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register and pay in advance.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 1 PM
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 3 PM
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 1 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Atlanta Audubon Butterfly Workshop
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 9 AM to 1:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaThis class will focus on species of butterflies in the Atlanta area and Piedmont of Georgia. The workshop will begin with a classroom discussion about butterfly families and their habitats. After a short break, the class will be followed by a field trip into the Power of Flight Grasslands This program is recommended for children over 12.  $30 - $50 plus $5 parking. 678-973-2437.
Handicapped Accessible Women's Safety Awareness
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLadies, join us for this Local Law enforcement officer led class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trail, or out and about down town. Great for women of all ages, so bring your mother, daughters, and friends! There will be special safety giveaways, but space is limited. Must register and pay in advance. Meet at Nature Center.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Grassland Restoration Planting -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin park staff and volunteers for the third year of native wildflower planting at a significant grassland restoration area on the park. If all the plants get planted, volunteers can try their hand at removing non-native Privet and Autumn Olive from the site. Meet at the Alexander's Lake Parking area to sign in. Please call to pre-register. 770-389-7801.
Address/Directions
Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155, SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County


GPS Coordinates:
N 33.623400 | W -084.172800

Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Ga. Hwy. 155 via I-20 exit #68.

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Panola Mountain State Park
2600 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


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