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 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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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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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


    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



    Bicycle, Boat Rental

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • 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

  • Dog Obedience Course

    Dog Obedience Course

    10/20/2016 - 11/03/2016

    Is it time to send your dog back to school? If so, enroll your best friend in this 6 week, tail-wagging training course. Taught by DNR Search & Rescue expert, Dianne Stone, you and your pup are sure to learn some new tricks. We're so sure you'll love it. The first class is free. Must register and pay in advance.

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  • Zombie Archery Shoot

    Zombie Archery Shoot

    10/28/2016 - 10/28/2016

    The dead are walking and we need your help to keep Panola from their clammy clutches. All October, join forces with Ranger Sam to stick it to a legion of zombie 2D and 3D targets. This themed archery shoot includes a basic lesson and all equipment, so beginners are welcome. Ages 14 and older. Call the Nature Center to register.

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    10/29/2016 - 12/31/2016

    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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register.

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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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  • ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016

    Saturday, Oct 29, 2016 7 PM - Panola Mountain State Park - Stockbridge, GA - 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.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    10/30/2016 - 12/25/2016

    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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance.

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  • Fall Color Hike

    Fall Color Hike

    10/30/2016 - 11/13/2016

    Enjoy the beautiful, slow changing colors of the fall leaves as you hike up Panola Mountain. But the beauty doesn't end where the trees stop. The tip of Panola blooms yellow with Confederate Daisies. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water for this moderate to strenuous hike. Call Nature Center to register.

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  • Creature Feature

    Creature Feature

    10/30/2016 - 10/30/2016

    Join us at Panola Mountain State Park for Creature Feature on October 30. A park ranger will introduce you to our reptilian residents. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    11/11/2016 - 11/11/2016

    Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's satellite property, Vaughter's Farm, on the Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet at Vaughter's Farm Trailhead. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated.

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Friday, November 11, 2016
    8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    11/12/2016 - 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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  • Stewardship Saturday - Rivercane Restoration

    Stewardship Saturday - Rivercane Restoration

    11/12/2016 - 12/17/2016

    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 that you don't mind getting muddy and long pants. Don't forget gloves, a water bottle, and snacks too. Meet at Alexander Lake Area Parking Lot. Registration in advance required.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    11/12/2016 - 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. Call the Nature Center to register.

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  • Advanced Archery Class

    Advanced Archery Class

    11/12/2016 - 12/31/2016

    Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled and pay in advance.

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  • Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    11/12/2016 - 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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  • Stewardship Saturday - Wildflower Planting

    Stewardship Saturday - Wildflower Planting

    11/12/2016 - 11/12/2016

    Help support our native pollinators by planting wildflowers in the sweeping grassland we call the Power of Flight. Now that it is finally cooling off, we need to get these plants in the ground to settle over the wet winter. Volunteers should wear gloves and long pants. Please call 770-389-7801 to register. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area.

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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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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    11/19/2016 - 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 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.

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  • Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    11/26/2016 - 02/25/2017

    Take a guided hike with a trained "Friends of Panola" volunteer, through the restricted Conservation Area and up to the summit of Panola Mountain. This is a 5-mile, semi-off trail, strenuous hike that offers a variety of beautiful views and unique perspectives on the park. Must call (770) 389-7801 to register in advance.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    12/09/2016 - 12/09/2016

    Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Meet Alexander Lakes parking area. Call the Nature Center to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated.

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  • Holiday Elf Hike

    Holiday Elf Hike

    12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

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

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