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
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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.

Upcoming Events
Dog Obedience Course
Handicapped Accessible
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 7 PM
Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 7 PM
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016 7 PM
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Indoor Basic Archery
Handicapped Accessible
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
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Fall Color Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
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Advanced Archery Class
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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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Friends of Panola Mountain Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
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Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Hidden Gem
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Lost But Found Safe and Sound
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 1 PM
Intro to Tree Climbing
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 1 PM to 5 PM
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Intermediate Archery
Handicapped AccessibleGet Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Oct 9, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 16, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Oct 23, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk
Get Outdoors Georgia
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Dec 9, 2016 9 AM to 11:30 AM
Moonlight Mountain Hike
Get Outdoors Georgia
Saturday, Oct 15, 2016 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Paranormal Panola
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping
Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM
Creature Feature
Handicapped AccessibleGet Outdoors Georgia
Sunday, Oct 30, 2016 12 PM to 1 PM
Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Nov 11, 2016 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Turkey Trek Night Hike
Saturday, Nov 19, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM