Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Panola Mountain State Park
A NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA

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arrow  PUBLIC NOTICE: Panola Mountain State Park will be closed November 10 - 12, 2014 for a managed deer quota hunt.

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.


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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 33.623400 | W -084.172800

Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Ga. Hwy. 155 via I-20 exit #68.

Address
2600 Highway 155, SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Henry County
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Phone
770-389-7801

Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Friday, Oct 31, 2014 4 PM to 6 PM
Tons of FunPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Looking 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... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Take in the beautiful Fall colors during this guided hike to the top of the mountain. Help us provide Thanksgiving to those in need by bringing five non-perishable food items to donate, and enjoy the hike at no cost! Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance...  $7 or five non-perishable food items $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Handicapped Accessible Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Nov 1, 2014 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Nov 16, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
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Presenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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.
Handicapped Accessible Intermediate Archery
Sunday, Nov 2, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 1 PM to 3 PM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Friday, Nov 7, 2014 9 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance... $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Holiday Canned Food Drive
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 8:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Join us this holiday season by dropping off your canned or nonperishable food at the Nature Center between November 8th and November 15th. Five canned or nonperishable items will cover your registration for our Mountain hike on Saturday November 15th at 10am. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Native Plant Seed Collection
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 10 AM to 1 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Panola Mountain will be seeking volunteers to help collect native plant seed from the "Power of Flight" area of the park. These seeds will be planted in native habitat restoration areas this spring. Individuals or small groups welcome... 770-389-7801.
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Nov 8, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Join 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.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 3 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Join 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.
Handicapped Accessible Women's Safety Awareness
Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 2 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Ladies, join us for this Local Law enforcement officer led class on how to keep yourself safe while at home, out on the trail, or out and about down town. Great for women of all ages, so bring your mother, daughters, and friends! There will be special safety giveaways, but space is limited...  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 10 AM
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 10 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: Panola Mountain State Park
Join 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.
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 22, 2014 5 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/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
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