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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 Cart Barn -- 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 -- access to 12-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
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    Weddings (park approval required)




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





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Zumba® Fitness at Panola
Thursdays 10 AM - 11 AM until Jun 26, 2014 
Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Apr 15, 2014 until Jun 24, 2014 
Tons of FunCome party at Panola and work on that New Year's resolution. Zumba┬« is a fun-filled dance fitness sensation that blends upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography, for a total-body workout that feels like a fiesta! Great for people of all levels of activity and experience. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Photographers and Artists Morning Out
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Photographers and artists will have access to restricted areas of the park to draw, paint or photograph scenic Panola Mountain. A park ranger with an art background will be on hand as a guide, with tips, painting supplies and knowledge of the flora and fauna of the granite mountain.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 10 AM
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM
Saturday, May 17, 2014 9 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunFind out why Panola Mountain is such an important ecosystem during a Ranger led hike to the top of the mountain. As we twist and turn on the trail, we will see different plants and wildlife. Bring sturdy hiking shoes and water. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
3rd Saturday of Month 1 PM until Jul 19, 2014 
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 3 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 register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 1 PM
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails this spring. Bring your basket and picnic to spend the day at the park. Ages 1-5 and 6-11 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 1 PM and will have face painting, arts and crafts, and games to play throughout the afternoon.  $1 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Spring Butterfly Hike
Saturday, Apr 19, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunJoin a park ranger when many flowers are in bloom and butterflies like hairstreaks and zebra swallowtails abound. Meet at the Park Nature Center. Hike is a rugged 2-mile loop. Bring a digital camera. Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Friday, Apr 25, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, May 9, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, May 23, 2014 6 PM to 8 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaImprove on your basic archery skills and challenge yourself to work on farther distances. Meet at the cart barn by Alexander Lake. Students must attend basic archery class 3 times. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Apr 26, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Apr 27, 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. Register in advance.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Panola Mountain's Stewardship Saturdays
Saturday, May 3, 2014 9 AM
Saturday, Jun 7, 2014 9 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a work day each month and help staff keep our National Natural Landmark in tip top shape. Each month will be a different service project and will allow you to see parts of the park you might have never experienced before. Please call the park in advance to register and ensure your parking fees will be waived the day of the event.  waived on the day of the event. 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, May 10, 2014 7:30 PM
Saturday, Jun 14, 2014 8 PM
Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 8 PM
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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 register and pay in advance.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 until Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis 3-day program will introduce kids ages 6-12 to the wonders of the outdoors. Activities include hiking, fishing, frog hunting, bug catching, bird watching, craft making, geocaching, orienteering and more. Bring lunch and snacks. Apply sunscreen and bug spray each day. Register in advance.  $100 per child $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Archery Camp
Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 until Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunDesigned with everything archery in mind, this 3-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 7-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the cart barn, static range, and 3-d range. REGISTER IN ADVANCE.  $100 plus $5 parking. 770-918-6416.
Junior Ranger Day Camp - Level 2 and 3
Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 until Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunChildren who have already earned their first junior ranger patch will be able to earn their second and third level patch while learning about nature. ages 6-12 Register in advance.  $100 per child $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Address/Directions
Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155, SW
Stockbridge , GA30281


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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