Panola Mountain State Park

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

WATERSHED TRAIL CLOSED: The Watershed Trail is closed for repairs and maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience, but hope you will enjoy our other trails and return to hike the improved Watershed Trail. 
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. 
BURN NOTICE: Within the next couple of months, Panola Mountain will conduct a prescribed burn in select areas to encourage healthy plant regrowth.

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A National Heritage Area
» Hiking Notice:
» Ranger-led guided hikes are required to access the mountain itself. 
› For animals' safety, pets are not allowed on certain trails at Panola Mountain.
» 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
Adult Waiver Release Form
Minor Waiver Release Form
"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
Meeting Room (seats 50)
• Alexander Lake Pavilion — reserve through park office
• 5 Primitive Campsites — 1/2-mile hike to campsites, vehicles are prohibited in campground
• 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

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Indoor Basic Archery
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 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. Call Nature Center to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible
Intro to Tree Climbing
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 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. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 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 Nature Center 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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Mountain Milers Walking Club
Wednesdays 9 AM - 11 AM – Feb 22, 2017 until Mar 29, 2017 
Looking for a trail buddy? No one wants to walk alone and now you don't have to! Panola is offering a weekly walking program for those who want to safely exercise in the great outdoors. Every Wednesday, we'll be walking along the PATH Trail, gradually working up to longer distances. Strollers and dogs welcome! Meet at the Nature Center at 9 AM. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Feb 25, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 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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Guided Mountain Hike
Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Mar 4, 2017 1 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 9 AM to 12 PM
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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 harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up for this moderately strenuous hike. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Monadnock Madness 2017
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017 to Friday, Mar 31, 2017 8 AM to 5 PM
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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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Mar 10, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 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.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:30 PM to 9:30 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. Call the Nature Center to register.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Apr 20, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, May 18, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
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. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Saturday, Apr 8, 2017 9 AM to 2 PM
Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call (770)389-7801 to register in advance.  $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Apr 14, 2017 8:30 AM to 10:30 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 the Nature Center to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 10 AM to 10:30 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. Must Register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, May 20, 2017 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 3 and under are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 8 PM to 10 PM
Join us as we celebrate National Trails Day where few get to tread. This ranger-led hike up Panola Mountain will give you a beautiful view of the sunset over Atlanta's skyline. Bring flashlights, hiking boots, bug spray and water. Ages 10 and up. Space is limited, please call to register in advance.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Junior Ranger Day Camp
9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 5, 2017 until Jun 9, 2017 
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 26th.  $125 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Archery Camp
Monday, Jun 12, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
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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 May 29th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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Outdoor Adventure Camp
Monday, Jun 19, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
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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 5th.  $150. 770-389-7801.
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4th of July Fireworks Hike
Sunday, Jul 2, 2017 8 PM to 10:30 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.  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 6 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.
Wildflowers and Wetlands
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 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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Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 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. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 4 AM to 7:30 AM
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.  $25 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 23, 2017 2 PM to 4 PM
Elf tired of siting on a shelf? Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop. Get a goody bag and hot cocoa for you, and a special souvenir for your elf. Must register for event in advance.  $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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