Atlanta Metro / Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park

2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281

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

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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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  • Panola Mountain Archery Range

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  • Panola Mountain picnicking

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  • Panola Mountain playground

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  • Panola Mountain nature viewing

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  • Panola Mountain paved hiking & biking trail.

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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 Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Bicycle

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Architectural Tour Series

    Architectural Tour Series

    03/19/2016 - 11/19/2016

    Revel in the profound beauty and history of one of the most magnificent places in Georgia with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit Architectural Tour. 

    A trained docent starts this journey weaving the history, design, and construction of this remarkable Trappist community with a visit to the Visitors Center, the restored historic barn, and the Bonsai Garden. Strolling along the Prayer Path, participants proceed to the stunning Abbey Church built by monks over a ten-year period to explore... read more

  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    07/30/2016 - 08/28/2016

    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.

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  • Advanced Archery Class

    Advanced Archery Class

    07/30/2016 - 08/27/2016

    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.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    07/31/2016 - 08/28/2016

    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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  • Friends of Panola Mountain Hike

    Friends of Panola Mountain Hike

    08/03/2016 - 12/17/2016

    Take a guided hike through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 3-mile, moderately strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views. All proceeds go to "Friends of Panola Mountain State Park," a not-for-profit group of volunteers that work diligently to support the park and its programs.

     

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016
    8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Saturday, August 20, 2016
    8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    08/06/2016 - 12/17/2016

    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. Must call to register. Ages 8 and up.

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  • Morning Mountain Hike

    Morning Mountain Hike

    08/06/2016 - 09/25/2016

    Beat the heat and journey into the restricted Conservation Area on this guided tour of Panola Mountain. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3-mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must register in advance.

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  • Saturday Mountain Hike

    Saturday Mountain Hike

    08/06/2016 - 09/03/2016

    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 harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.

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  • Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park

    Dog Days of Summer - Dog Day in the Park

    08/13/2016 - 08/13/2016

    Bring Fido for a tail-waggin' time with Friends of Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Team, Lifeline Animal Project and others. Includes a guided dog walk, pet adoptions, canine obstacle course, K-9 demonstrations, silent auction, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    08/13/2016 - 12/10/2016

    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.

     

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

    Saturday, September 10, 2016
    7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday, October 15, 2016
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  • Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    08/13/2016 - 12/10/2016

    Learn simple techniques for staying safe and keeping track of your family when venturing into the great outdoors. Georgia DNR Search and Rescue Dog Team volunteer, Diane Stone, and her trusty K9 companion Keegan will be leading this interactive class (unless a SAR emergency is occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance.

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  • Creature Feature

    Creature Feature

    08/27/2016 - 09/17/2016

    Come meet Panola's resident reptiles! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, not pets.

    Saturday, August 27, 2016
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • Labor Day Holiday Tree Climbing

    Labor Day Holiday Tree Climbing

    09/05/2016 - 09/05/2016

    Ever wondered why we have a course in "tree climbing?" Well here's your chance to give it a go. This Labor Day, find out why on-rope tree climbing is a labor of love. This is a great side event for picnickers. No advanced registration required. Find us at the tree by the bath house. Ages 8 and up please. Long shorts advised.

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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    09/10/2016 - 12/10/2016

    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.

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  • ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    09/10/2016 - 10/29/2016

    Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars and the full moon. 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 allowed to camp. Register in advance.

     

    Saturday, September 10, 2016
    7:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

    Saturday, October 29, 2016
    6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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  • Wildflowers and Wetlands - Your State Parks Day

    Wildflowers and Wetlands - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Join us as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. We will be planting local wildflowers and cleaning litter from our lake shores. 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

    10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016

    Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 2nd Annual Panola State Park Trunk-O-Treat! Boys and ghouls can collect candy going car to car instead of door to door and play on the playground after the sugar rush kicks in. There will be contests for best costume and best trunk decoration, and an assortment of activities for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your candy bowl! It's sure to be a howling good time. For those who want to pass out candy, please call to regist... read more

  • Paranormal Panola

    Paranormal Panola

    10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016

    This program will take you on a 2-mile hike through Panola Mountain's restricted conservation area. A paranormal encounter is not guaranteed, but an unforgettable experience is. Space for this program is limited to 20 participants. Must wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a flashlight. S'mores will be provided.

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  • Turkey Trek Night Hike

    Turkey Trek Night Hike

    11/19/2016 - 11/19/2016

    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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