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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 ($35 - $70)
    • Conference Room (seats 50, $95) 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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Events
Monadnock Madness 2015
Daily until Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJust 30 minutes east of Atlanta you can see vernal pools, snorkelwort, and diamorpha at our local monadnocks. In March, you can experience these unique places first-hand through guided hikes and events at Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountain. Visit all three parks during the month and you’ll earn a special souvenir to wear as a badge of honor. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Pedal at Panola and Arabia
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaGrab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 16 miles round trip from Panola Mountain State Park to Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and back. Guided by Park Rangers, we’ll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn more about the history and landscape of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Bikes are available for rental. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 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. Please arrive 15 minutes early so the  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 10 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaDon't let winter weather keep you indoors! Take in the view and some crisp, cool air on this guided hike to the top of Panola mountain. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 7, 2015 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us on 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, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
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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.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 10 AM to 3 PM
Tons of FunAre 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 even around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society.  $3. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101
Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunDuring an exciting day you’ll visit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains and use different photography techniques in these unique landscapes. In this small, personal class you’ll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world all over North America. Space is limited! Register at monadnockmadness.com $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 to Friday, Mar 20, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 to Friday, Apr 17, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin a park ranger and other home schoolers during this educational program. We will be discussing different topics related to science and nature typically relating to the current season. Please register in advance. Ages 8-12 10am-12pm. Ages 13 & up 1pm-3pm.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Children's Story Time
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 4, 2015 11 AM to 12 PM
Tons of FunGet lost in the words of this award-winning photographic fantasy: “Lost in the Woods” by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick. Bring the whole family to a reading by Ranger Karla and receive a free copy to take home! After the reading, there will be a craft and time for all your nature questions to be answered. Must call to register in advance.  $25 per family $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015 1 PM
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.
Triple Hike Challenge: Moonlight Monadnock Madness
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunReady, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day! We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir!  $15 adult/$7 child (includes parking) Optional $10 boxed dinner. 770-389-7801.
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, Mar 28, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us as we partner with the South River Watershed Alliance to help clean-up and restore native vegetation to the bank of the South River. Wear work shoes and long pants and bring gloves and a water bottle. Meet at Alexander Lakes Area Parking Lot. Registration in advance required. 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
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