Atlanta Metro / Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park

2600 Hwy 155 S.W.
Stockbridge, GA 30281

770-389-7801 | 800-864-7275
  • Panola Mountain State Park

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  • Panola Mountain picnicking

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  • Panola Mountain playground

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  • Panola Mountain Alexander Lake

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  • Panola Mountain paved hiking & biking trail.

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  • Panola Mountain nature viewing

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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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  • Panola Mountain fishing on Alexander Lake

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  • Panola Mountain Archery Range

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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 and is the crown jewel of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 7:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    11/23/2014 - 12/14/2014

    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.

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    11/29/2014 - 12/28/2014

    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. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private class.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    12/06/2014 - 01/31/2015

    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. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike.

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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    12/13/2014 - 12/13/2014

    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 Jimi Ellis, and head off the trail to explore Panola's hidden cemeteries, whiskey stills, beaver dams, and more. Please register in advance. Ages 14 and up.

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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    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. Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Register in advance. This event is for ages six and up. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

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