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 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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  • 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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Monadnock Madness

    Monadnock Madness

    03/01/2015 - 03/31/2015

    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.

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    03/07/2015 - 03/21/2015

    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. Please arrive 15 minutes early.


    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    2:00 pm - 4 p.m.

    Saturday, March 21, 2015
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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    03/07/2015 - 04/04/2015

    Join us on 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, 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.


    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Pedal at Panola and Arabia

    Pedal at Panola and Arabia

    03/07/2015 - 03/07/2015

    Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 16 miles round trip from Panola Mountain State Park to Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and back. Guided by Park Rangers, we'll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn more about the history and landscape of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Bikes are available for rental.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    03/08/2015 - 03/29/2015

    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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  • Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    03/14/2015 - 03/14/2015

    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 even around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society.

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  • Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101

    Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101

    03/15/2015 - 03/15/2015

    During an exciting day, you'll visit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains and use different photography techniques in these unique landscapes. In this small, personal class you'll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world all over North America. Space is limited! Register at

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  • Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    03/21/2015 - 04/18/2015

    Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance.

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  • Triple Hike Challenge: Moonlight Monadnock Madness

    Triple Hike Challenge: Moonlight Monadnock Madness

    03/21/2015 - 03/28/2015

    Ready, steady, GO! Climb the Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day! We set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You will receive insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir.

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  • Stewardship Saturday

    Stewardship Saturday

    03/28/2015 - 04/25/2015

    Join us as we partner with the South River Watershed Alliance to help clean-up and restore native vegetation to the bank of the South River. Wear work shoes and long pants, and bring gloves and a water bottle. Meet at Alexander Lakes Area Parking Lot. Registration in advance required.

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