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 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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  • Panola Mountain playground

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  • Panola Mountain Alexander Lake

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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


  • Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    10/04/2014 - 11/15/2014

    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 1 p.m.; another group will start at 3 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance.


    Saturday, October 4, 2014
    1:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.
    3:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.

    Saturday, October 18, 2014
    1 p.m. - 12 a.m.
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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    10/04/2014 - 10/04/2014

    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.

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    10/05/2014 - 11/23/2014

    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.


    Sunday, October 5, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Saturday, October 11, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    10/11/2014 - 10/11/2014

    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 12 and up.

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  • Paranormal Panola

    Paranormal Panola

    10/18/2014 - 10/19/2014

    Looking for a real fright this Halloween season? Spend a night camped out in the shadow of the mountain as we investigate Panola's haunted past. This is not a haunted hike. Join us and Georgia Paranormal Society experts as we explore and stake out the abandoned cabins and other choice locations around the mountain. Is that the wind sending a chill down your spine, or a voice from the past? We'll find out using professional ghost hunting equipment. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Bring ... read more

  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    10/19/2014 - 11/02/2014

    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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  • Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    10/31/2014 - 10/31/2014

    Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 1st 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 contests for best costume and best trunk decoration. For those who want to pass out candy, please call to register.

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