Panola Mountain State Park

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

NOVEMBER 8-9 CLOSURE: The park will be closed November 8–9 for natural-resource management. This applies to all day-use and overnight facilities, including the campground, PATH trail, hiking trails, Nature Center, picnic shelters/tables, playground, Upper and Lower Alexander Lakes, and archery range. The park will reopen at 7 a.m. November 10. We apologize for any inconvenience.
LAKE NOTICE: Both lakes have been lowered for maintenance and dam inspection. The Upper Lake is expected to be re-filled as soon as repairs can ensure the dam’s safety. Plans for the Lower Lake are contingent on assessment results. Both lakes remain open for fishing. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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A National Heritage Area
» Programs:
› Due to the popularity of our programs, all require advanced registration. Call to schedule a private event for your group.
 Group Contracts:
Archery
Educational
Recreational
Tree Climbing
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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.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/PanolaMountain

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–Dark

Office Hours:

8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Facilities:

• 1,635 Acres
• 4 Picnic Shelters ($35–$70)
• Conference Room (seats 50, $95)
• Alexander Lake Pavilion — call for reservations
• 5 Primitive Campsites ($20) — ½-mile hike
• Amphitheater
• Nature Center & Gift Shop
• 2 Fishing Lakes

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 25 miles of trails
• Bike Rental ($10/hour) — PATH Trail
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Jogging
Archery Range (fee) — annual pass available
• Geocaching
• Orienteering
Tree Climbing
• Fishing
Birding
• Picnicking
• Playground
• Bouldering (permit required)
• Weddings — park approval required
Interpretive Programs

Nearby Attractions:

Arabia Mountain Heritage Area
• Atlanta, Georgia
Conyers, GA
DeKalb County
Hard Labor Creek State Park & Golf Course
Henry County
High Falls State Park
Indian Springs State Park
Self-Guided Bike Tour at Arabia Mountain
• Stone Mountain Park
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Rockdale County

Friends of Panola Mountain

Panola Mountain Research Watershed Area

WSB TV Hidden Treasures: Hiking at Panola

WSB TV Hidden Treasures:Tree Climbing at Panola

HLN Morning Express 3D Panola Archery


Archery Review from FieldTripsWithSue



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Morning Mountain Hike
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Beat the heat and journey into the restricted Conservation Area on this guided tour of Panola Mountain. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3 mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Must call 770-389-7801 to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Sep 11, 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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Sep 4, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 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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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 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 advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Labor Day Holiday Tree Climbing
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Ever wondered why we have a course in "tree climbing"? Well here's your chance to give it a go. This Labor Day, find out why on-rope tree climbing is a labor of love. This crash course is a great side event for picnickers. No advanced registration required. Find us at the tree by the bath house. Ages 8 and up please. Long shorts advised.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
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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 its programs.  $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Sep 9, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's satellite property, Vaughter's Farm, on the Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at Vaughter's Farm Trailhead. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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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.
Hidden Gem
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 1 PM
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Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (Unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 7 PM
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM
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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Nov 17, 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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Creature Feature
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Can turtles leave their shells? How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents in this live animal show. Meet in the Nature Center. Space is limited, so please call to register in advance.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Wildflowers and Wetlands -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Join park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. We will be planting local wildflowers in our sweeping "Power of Flight" grassland habitat area, cleaning litter from our lake shores, and giving your park the care she deserves. All ages welcome! Meet at the Alexander Lakes parking area.  Sponsored by Friends of Georgia State Parks. 770-389-7801.
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Zombie Archery Shoot
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 7, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 6 PM to 8 PM
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The dead are walking and we need your help to keep Panola from their clammy clutches. All October, join forces with Ranger Sam to stick it to a legion of zombie 2D and 3D targets. This themed archery shoot includes a basic lesson and all equipment, so beginners are welcome. Ages 14 and older may fight the apocalypse. Register and pay in advance.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Bring 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 Alexander Lakes parking area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 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.
Paranormal Panola
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Looking for a real fright this October? Spend an evening investigating Panola's haunted past. We invite you to join us as we explore our history with experts from Timeless Paranormal and search for those left behind. This is a real investigation experience using professional ghost hunting equipment. Ages 18 and up. Must register in advance.  $20 plus $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 Highway 155 via I-20 exit #68.


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Panola Mountain State Park
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Panola Mountain State Park