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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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Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 1:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 18, 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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 6 PM to 9 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.  $7 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 5, 2014 5 PM to 7 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.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Oct 11, 2014 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 Jimi Ellis, and head off the trail to explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Please register in advance. Ages 12 and up.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 10 AM
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 10 AM
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 10 AM
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.
Paranormal Panola
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 to Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 6 PM to 9 AM
Looking for a real fright this October? Spend a night camped out in the shadow of the mountain as we investigate Panola's haunted past. Georgia Paranormal Society experts will bring professional ghost hunting equipment. Ages 14 and up. Dinner and breakfast provided. Bring camping equipment and good running shoes. Space is limited, call to register.  $40 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Oct 19, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Oct 26, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 1 PM to 3 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.
Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 4 PM to 6 PM
Tons of FunLooking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 1st annual Panola State Park's Trunk-O-Treat! Boys and ghouls can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground. There will be contests for best costume and best trunk decoration. For those who want to pass out candy please call to register. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Blood Drive
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 9 AM to 4:30 PM
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we ask you join us in giving of yourself. Help support those in need by donating blood and/or platelets to the American Red Cross. Meet in Nature Center. Please register in advance. $5 parking. 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
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