Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Panola Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-389-7801

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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
   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.

    • 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

    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)
    • Orienteering
    Tree Climbs
    • Fishing -- boat rental, Georgia fishing license & park permit required
    • 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, Dec 20, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 21, 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. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Toy-Drive Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaIn the spirit of the holiday season, Panola is waiving the usual hike fee when you donate a toy for children in need. Call to register in advance. Ages 10 and up. Bring water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Meet in Nature Center.  One unwrapped children's toy $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Volunteer Meet and Greet
Sunday, Dec 28, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaLooking to get involved in the park? We'd love to have you! Join us for a casual meeting to discuss what the park needs, what you would like to see, and how you can become part of the Panola community. Meet in Nature Center. Coffee and donuts provided. Call to register in advance. 770-389-7801.
First Day Hike
Thursday, Jan 1, 2015 12 PM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunStart the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Register in advance. Ages 6 and up.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 17, 2015 10 AM to 12:30 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, Jan 3, 2015 5 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 5 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us on a 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.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Jan 9, 2015 10 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.
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, Jan 10, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Jan 31, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 9 AM to 1 PM
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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.
Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 10 AM to 3 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Jan 17, 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.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Jan 18, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Jan 25, 2015 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Feb 1, 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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
MLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 9 AM to 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us for a day of maintenance and service projects as we give the park some much needed TLC. We can’t keep Panola the beautiful place of play and relaxation it is without your help! Come prepared to work make new friends while you’re at it. Bring water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center. 770-389-7801.
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.

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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