Panola Mountain State Park

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
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› Due to the popularity of our programs, all require advanced registration. Call to schedule a private event for your group.
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Archery
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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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 33.623400 | W -084.172800
Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Highway 155 via I-20 exit #68.


Address
2620 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County
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Panola Mountain State Park
2620 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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Phone
770-389-7801

Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Saturday, Jul 30, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Jul 31, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Wednesday, Sep 7, 2016 8:30 AM to 11 AM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $5 cash only $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Morning Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Sep 3, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Intro to Tree Climbing
Saturday, Aug 6, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Aug 7, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Aug 14, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 10 AM to 2 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Bring Fido for a tail-waggin’ time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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)...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 10, 2016 7 PM to 9 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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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Creature Feature
Saturday, Aug 27, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Sep 17, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Labor Day Holiday Tree Climbing
Monday, Sep 5, 2016 11 AM to 4 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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 a crash course. This is a great side event for picnickers. No advanced registration required. Find us at the tree by the bath house...  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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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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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $10 plus $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 6 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $90 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Wildflowers and Wetlands -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  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
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Paranormal Panola
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $20 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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...  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Contacts
Phil Delestrez
Hard Labor State Park