Atlanta Metro / Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park

2620 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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  • Panola Mountain nature viewing

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  • Panola Mountain Archery Range

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  • Panola Mountain playground

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  • Panola Mountain paved hiking & biking trail.

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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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  • Panola Mountain picnicking

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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

    Gift Shop, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Bicycle, Boat Rental

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Eclipse Excursion

    Eclipse Excursion

    08/21/2017 - 08/21/2017

    Come and join us for a guided hike up Panola Mountain where you will see first-hand at the top of our mountain one of nature's most spectacular moments, the solar eclipse. It has been nearly 40 years since this event has happened at this magnitude, so you don't want to miss it! Register in advance. Solar eclipse glasses will be provided.

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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    08/26/2017 - 01/21/2018

    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 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.

    Saturday, August 26, 2017 
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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  • Guided Mountain Hike

    Guided Mountain Hike

    09/02/2017 - 09/24/2017

    Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance.

    Saturday, August 19, 2017
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Sunday, August 20, 2017
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Saturday, September 2, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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  • Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.

    Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.

    09/02/2017 - 09/02/2017

    Come out for a fun 5K race and help AWARE save wild animals at the same time. The course will be a mix of paved and hard-packed trails, winding through beautiful Panola Mountain State Park, one of the jewels of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Must register with Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Efforts (AWARE).

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    09/09/2017 - 09/09/2017

    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. This is for ages 10 and up. Space is limited. Call the Nature Center to register.

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  • ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    09/15/2017 - 09/15/2017

    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. Non-climbers are allowed to camp. Register in advance, space is very limited!

    Saturday, August 12, 2017 
    6 p.m.

    Friday, September 15, 2017 
    6 p.m.

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  • Monarchs Across Georgia

    Monarchs Across Georgia "Pollinator Symposium"

    09/23/2017 - 09/23/2017

    All registrants will participate in the four speaker presentations but the final session of the day, you'll need to choose between a butterfly or nature walk, OR demo of Monarch Watch tagging and Project Monarch Health. Each of these sessions is limited to 15 participants. Butterfly walks will be led by Phil Delestrez, Northern Resource Manager for GA State Parks and Fr. Francis Michael Stiteler, Land Manager for the Monastery.  The nature walk will be led by Robby Astrove, Park Ranger at Da... read more

  • Wildflowers and Wetlands

    Wildflowers and Wetlands

    09/23/2017 - 09/23/2017

    Join park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. Bring snacks and water, bug repellent and comfortable work clothes. Work gloves recommended. Lunch provided afterwards by Friends of Panola Mountain.

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  • Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 4th 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. Will you have the creepiest trunk? Call to register your car.

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  • Turkey Trek Night Hike

    Turkey Trek Night Hike

    11/18/2017 - 11/18/2017

    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. Food provided by the park. Bring flashlight, jacket and good hiking shoes.

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  • Atlanta Boy Choir Christmas Concert

    Atlanta Boy Choir Christmas Concert

    12/09/2017 - 12/09/2017

    The Atlanta Boy Choir's annual concert in the Abbey Church of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a tradition many count on to help them prepare for the coming of Christmas. Since the setting is both festive and sacred, the words of the hymns and carols sung here seem more wondrous and often resonate in a way far deeper than is possible in another place. The voices fill the arched sanctuary with a joyous sound where it was meant to be heard anticipating the birth of the Savior.

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  • Holiday Elf Hike

    Holiday Elf Hike

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop. You will get a goody bag and hot cocoa, and a special souvenir for your elf. Must register for event in advance.

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