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

A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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PUBLIC MEETING: 5 p.m. on April 21 to discuss draining the park's lakes for dam maintenance. Meeting to be held in the park's visitor center.

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
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaYou 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 up  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, May 9, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 25, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, May 2, 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. Must call to register.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Mountain Milers Walking Club
Tuesdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Apr 28, 2015 until May 26, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLooking for a trail buddy? No one wants to walk alone and now you don't have to! Starting this April, Panola is offering a weekly walking program for those who want to safely exercise in the great outdoors. Every Tuesday, we'll be walking 2 miles, gradually working up to longer distances. Strollers welcome! Meet at Nature Center at 10 AM. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Dog Obedience Course
Thursdays 7 PM – Apr 30, 2015 until May 28, 2015 
Tons of FunAre you and your pooch ready for the dog-days of summer? Maybe Fido needs to learn a few manners before vacation time. If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course! Taught by Search and Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. First class is free. Must register in advance.  $10 per dog per class after free class on 4/23/15 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
REI Run Series Atlanta: Panola Mountain 5K and 10K
Saturday, May 2, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunWhether you're looking to run your first 5K or hit a new personal best, this race will help you set your pace! For only $15 you will enjoy exhilarating scenery to match your race day adrenaline, receive awesome REI branded gear and get post-race refreshments. For those who want a bigger challenge, register for the 10K option.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 2, 2015 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 8 PM to 10 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.
Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Sunday, May 3, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunSee Panola Mountain up close as a volunteer explains the reasons why the mountain is protected and what we can all do to preserve the natural beauty of granite outcrops. Bring sturdy shoes, water, bug spray, and your camera. The hike generally lasts 2-3 hours. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Sunday, May 3, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 10, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, May 17, 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1 PM
Saturday, May 16, 2015 3 PM
Saturday, Jun 20, 2015 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.
Handicapped Accessible Children's Story Time
Saturday, May 16, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2015 1 PM to 2 PM
Tons of FunLearn the way of the woods with “Neighborwood: Earth Literacy for Kids” by April Manning. 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.  $10 per child $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Home School Thursdays
Thursday, May 21, 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.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 8, 2015 until Jun 12, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 5-day program will introduce kids ages 6-12 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. Register ends May 25th.  $125 per child $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Pedal and Picnic at Panola Mountain
Sunday, Jun 14, 2015 11 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTake a trip through history at Panola Mountain State Park. This family-friendly bike ride will take us past a 300-million-year-old monadnock, though a historic horse barn, and to a picture perfect lake for a picnic lunch. Must register in advance to reserve your FREE 2-hour adult bike rental. Click title for details. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Day Camp Week 2
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 15, 2015 until Jun 19, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunChildren aged 6-12 will have fun learning in the outdoors as they work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. They will experience nature first-hand and explore Georgia’s fascinating history through outdoor and indoor activities. Must bring sack lunch every day. Registration ends June 1.  $125 per participant $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Archery Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 6, 2015 until Jul 10, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunDesigned with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 9-15) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-d range. Register by June 23, 2015.  $150. 770-389-7801.
Outdoor Adventure Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jul 20, 2015 until Jul 24, 2015 
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTired 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 8-15. Must register by July 6.  $150. 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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