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

NOTICE: Until further notice, the Upper Alexander Lake dam is closed to all foot and cycle traffic for repair. For the safety of all guests, please remain off the dam. Path usage and fishing is still encouraged on the upper half of the Alexander Lake Loop. Please call the park office for questions.
A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
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"Home to a rare, pristine monadnock, Panola Mountain State Park provides you an oasis near Metro Atlanta to play, unwind, learn or discover the diverse natural and cultural heritage of the piedmont region."

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.  The park  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:
8:00 AM to 5 PM.
$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 to site. Water and restroom available in Parking Lot.
    • Amphitheater
    • Nature Center and Gift Shop
    • 2 Fishing Lakes
-- drained for repairs

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 (Daily, 8 AM - 4 PM, $10/hour), 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 -- Georgia fishing license and park permit required
    Birding
    • Paddling -- kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board (SUP) (Daily, 8am-4pm, $10/hour, seasonal) 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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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Feb 10, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 6, 2016 10 AM to 12:30 PM
Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park", a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and it's programs.  $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Friday, Mar 11, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Friday, Apr 8, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area OR Vaughter's Farm Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Click event title for Walk locations. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
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Join 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 that you don't mind getting muddy and long pants. Don't forget gloves, a water bottle, and snacks too. Meet at Alexander Lake Area Parking Lot. Registration in advance required. 770-389-7801.
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Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
You 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 older.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 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.
Handicapped Accessible
Intermediate Archery
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Improve 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.
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Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain for a sunset hike. Looking for more fun? Compete with your partner in a series of team building games to see who knows their companion best. Are you the King and Queen of Love? Only one way to find out! Space is limited. Call to reserve spots.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Nothing fans the flames of love like a little competition. Take aim and see which of you are the best Cupid in this indoors, intro archery class JUST FOR COUPLES! Bring your Beau, we'll bring the arrows. Ages 18 and up. All equipment provided. Must register in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible
Advanced Archery Class
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Mar 17, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Apr 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Join a park ranger and other home schoolers during this outdoor, 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 and up.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this uniquely harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $5 cash plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Apr 16, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
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Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. This is an introductory program to recreational tree climbing. Participants will use rope and harness to ascend into a 200+ year old Southern Red Oak, where they can climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 PM and 3 PM. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up. Click title for details.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Join us for 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, bug spray, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Advance registration is required.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monadnock Madness 2016
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 until Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
Just 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.
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Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016 1 PM to 7 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 2:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Ready, 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 (up to 10 years old). 770-389-7801.
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Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
During 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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Arabia/Panola Bike Ride
Sunday, Mar 6, 2016 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 14 miles round trip from Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve to Panola Mountain and back. We’ll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn about the history and landscape of Arabia National Heritage Area. Ride will begin and end at: 4963 Flat Bridge Rd. SW, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 10 AM to 3 PM
Are 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 around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society.  $5. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible
Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 AM, leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
3rd Annual Archery Tournament
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 8 AM
Panola Mountain State Park is holding its 3rd Annual Archery Tournament, featuring 3-D and static range competitions. Ages 9 and up welcome; children and adults will compete separately for fantastic prizes. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available.  Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Rivers Alive Cleanup
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 9 AM
Join us for a Rivers Alive cleanup event where we will be cleaning up along the Panola Mountain South River corridor. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and good walking shoes. Parking is waived for our volunteers on this date, so plan to spend the day at the park. Must register in advance. 770-389-7801.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
This 5-day program will introduce kids ages 6-10 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. Registration ends May 23rd.  $125 per child parking included. 770-389-7801.
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Outdoor Adventure Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 20, 2016 until Jun 24, 2016 
Tired 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 10-14. Must register by June 6.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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Archery Camp
Monday, Jun 27, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 10-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-D range. Register by June 13th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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4th of July Fireworks Hike
Saturday, Jul 2, 2016 8 PM to 11 PM
Slow down this July 4th and join a ranger for a leisurely stroll to the top of Panola Mountain. As the sun sets we will enjoy a panoramic view of Stone Mountain and Atlanta's Independence Day Celebrations from a distance. Bring water, bug spray, and a flashlight for the walk back down the mountain to a waiting campfire and s'mores.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, face painting, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday & Sunday 7 PM from Sep 10, 2016 until Sep 11, 2016 
Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars through shimmering branches. A treetop camp will be established in our secluded climbing tree for an overnight experience. Participants should bring dinner, breakfast and a sleeping bag. Non-climbers allowed to camp. Register in advance.  $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wildflowers in the Pasture - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Panola Mountain has been transforming an old fescue pasture into a biologically diverse native grassland for over 10 years! Help us make the area even better this year, as we need volunteers to help us plant hundreds of native wildflowers. We will also be improving the park with lake clean-ups and more! Please pre-register to help us on this event  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
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Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 3rd 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 games, face painting, tree climbing and contests. Will you have the creepiest trunk? Call to register your car today! $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Do you love the smell of turkey roasting over an open fire? Join us for this unique evening program where we will learn to cook your own Thanksgiving feast over the campfire. Worried about all those extra calories? Don't be! We will take a moderate mountain hike while they cook. Food provided by park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Address/Directions
Panola Mountain State Park
2620 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.


Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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