Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
Panola Mountain State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 770-389-7801

NOTICE: Beginning December 16th, 2015, Alexander Lake will be drawn down to allow for dam repairs. The lake will return to normal pending on the completion of these repairs.  We apologize for the inconvenience of this necessary improvement. Please call the park office for questions.
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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. Learn more at
   Panola Mountain State Park Business Plan

Park Hours:
Open Daily - 7 AM to Dusk
Nature Center Hours:
8:00 AM to 5 PM.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.

    • 1,635 Acres
    • 4 Picnic Shelters ($35 - $70)
    • Conference Room (seats 50, $95) and Alexander Lake Pavilion -- contact park for reservations
    • 5 Primitive Campsites ($20) -- Half mile hike in to site. Water and restroom available in Parking Lot.
    • Nature Center and Gift Shop
    • 2 Fishing Lakes

    Hiking-- 2 miles of self-guided nature trails, 20 miles of PATH Foundation paved trails and guided 3.5-mile hikes to the mountain (call for reservations)
    Bicycling and Jogging -- bike rental (Daily, 8am-4pm, $10/hour), access to 25-mile, paved Rockdale River and Arabia Mountain PATH Trail, Muddy Spokes Club
    Archery Range (fee, annual pass available, static and 3-D range)
    • Orienteering
    Tree Climbs
    • Fishing -- boat rental, Georgia fishing license & park permit required
    • Paddling -- kayak, canoe, stand-up paddle board (SUP) (Daily, 8am-4pm, $10/hour, seasonal) and aquacycle rental (call for schedule)
    • Picnicking
    • Playground
    Weddings (park approval required)

WSB TV "Hidden Treasures" video:
     - Hiking at Panola (part 1)
     - Tree Climbing at Panola (part 2)

     - HLN Morning Express 3D Panola Archery


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Indoor Basic Archery
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 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 brush-up on the basics or start from scratch with the guidance of a certified instructor. All equipment is provided! Ages 9 and up. Must call to register.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Saturday Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 5, 2015 1 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 9 AM to 12 PM
Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 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 uniquely harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.  $5 cash plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Advanced Archery Class
Sunday, Dec 6, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 13, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 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 range! We are now offering advanced archery classes on our static and 3-D ranges. Students must attend intermediate archery class. Participants must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Panola Mountain State Park 4-Miler
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 8:30 AM to 11 AM
Greater Atlanta Athletes presents the Panola Mountain State Park 4-Miler! Run this lovely four-mile course circling both the upper and lower Alexander Lakes. A free 1/2 mile Kids Fun Run will start at 9:30. Register online at  $30 online $35 race day $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
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.
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Holiday Elf Hike
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 10:30 AM
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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Intermediate Archery
Saturday, Dec 12, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Saturday, Jan 2, 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. Equipment is provided. Meet at the pavilion by Alexander Lake. Ages 9 and up. Must call to register and pay in advance.  $12 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Home School Thursdays
Thursday, Dec 17, 2015 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 2 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Feb 18, 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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Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm
Friday, Dec 18, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
Friday, Jan 8, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
Friday, Feb 12, 2016 8 AM to 10 AM
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Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area OR Vaughter's Farm Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 1 PM
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 3 PM
Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up.  $15 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Moonlight Mountain Hike
Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
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.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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First Day Hike
Friday, Jan 1, 2016 10 AM to 5:30 PM
Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2016. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Please register in advance.  $5 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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MLK Day of Service
Monday, Jan 18, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Join us for a day of maintenance and service projects as we give the park some much needed TLC. We can’t keep Panola the beautiful place of play and relaxation it is without your help! Come prepared to work and make new friends while you’re at it. Bring water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center. 770-389-7801.
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Valentine's Day Couples Hike
Saturday, Feb 13, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain for a sunset hike. Looking for more fun? Compete with your partner in a series of team building games to see who knows their companion best. Are you the King and Queen of Love? Only one way to find out! Space is limited. Call to reserve spots.  $10 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Monadnock Madness 2016
Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016 until Thursday, Mar 31, 2016
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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Reptile Day at Panola Mountain
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016 9 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.  $3. Kids younger than 3 are free. $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
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Eggciting Hike Hunt
Saturday, Mar 26, 2016 10 AM to 11 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. We will start the egg hunt at 10 AM, leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch.  $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
3rd Annual Archery Tournament
Saturday, Apr 9, 2016 10 AM
Panola Mountain State Park is holding its 3rd Annual Archery Tournament, featuring 3-D and static range competitions. Ages 9 and up welcome; children and adults will compete separately for fantastic prizes. Participants must register and pay in advance, walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available.  Early Registration $25-$35 Late Registration $30-$40 $5 parking. 770-389-7801.
Junior Ranger Day Camp
Weekdays 9 AM - 1 PM from Jun 6, 2016 until Jun 10, 2016 
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 23rd.  $125 per child parking included. 770-389-7801.
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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 Ga. Hwy. 155 via I-20 exit #68.

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday-Friday, 8AM-8PM; Saturday-Sunday, 9AM-5PM EST).
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