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 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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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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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 Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available

    General Information


    Near Interstate Highway




    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    02/12/2016 - 04/08/2016

    Bring your binoculars for this gentle hike through the park's Power of Flight area OR Vaughter's Farm Meadow Loop. Basic identification techniques and common birds will be discussed. Good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Click event title for Walk locations. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    02/13/2016 - 03/27/2016

    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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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    02/13/2016 - 03/26/2016

    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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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    02/13/2016 - 02/13/2016

    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

    Stewardship Saturday

    02/13/2016 - 04/09/2016

    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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  • Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot

    Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot

    02/13/2016 - 02/13/2016

    Looking to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Nothing fans the flames of love like a little competition. Take aim and see which of you are the best Cupid in this indoors, intro archery class, which is just for couples. Bring your beau, and we'll bring the arrows! Ages 18 and up. All equipment provided. Must register in advance.

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  • Advanced Archery Class

    Advanced Archery Class

    02/14/2016 - 03/27/2016

    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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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    02/20/2016 - 02/20/2016

    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.

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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    02/20/2016 - 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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  • Monadnock Madness 2016

    Monadnock Madness 2016

    03/01/2016 - 03/31/2016

    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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  • Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness

    Triple Hike Challenge: Monadnock Madness

    03/01/2016 - 03/31/2016

    Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountain all in one unforgettable day. We've 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'll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, s'mores, and a surprise souvenir.


    Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
    1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101

    Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography 101

    03/06/2016 - 03/19/2016

    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 will 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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  • Arabia/Panola Bike Ride

    Arabia/Panola Bike Ride

    03/06/2016 - 03/06/2016

    Grab your bike and sense of adventure as we bike 14 miles round trip from Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve to Panola Mountain and back. We'll make stops at several cultural sites and trails to learn about the history and landscape of Arabia National Heritage Area. The ride will begin and end at: 4963 Flat Bridge Rd. SW, Stockbridge, Ga. 30281.

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  • Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    03/12/2016 - 03/12/2016

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

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  • Eggciting Hike Hunt

    Eggciting Hike Hunt

    03/26/2016 - 03/26/2016

    Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt! Ages 2 and less, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 a.m., leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch.

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  • 3rd Annual Archery Tournament

    3rd Annual Archery Tournament

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    Panola Mountain State Park is holding its 3rd Annual Archery Tournament, featuring 3-D and static range competitions. Ages 9 and up welcome; children and adults will compete separately for fantastic prizes. Participants must register and pay in advance. Walk-in registration will be limited to spaces available.

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  • Rivers Alive Cleanup

    Rivers Alive Cleanup

    04/09/2016 - 04/09/2016

    Join us for a Rivers Alive cleanup event on Georgia State Park's Day. We will be cleaning up along the Panola Mountain South River corridor. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and good walking shoes. Lunch will be provided after the cleanup is finished for participants. Parking is waived on this date so plan to spend the day at the park afterwards at no cost! Call the nature center to register in advance.

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  • Archery Camp

    Archery Camp

    06/27/2016 - 06/27/2016

    Designed with everything archery in mind, this 5-day archery camp aims to educate and engage adventurous youth. Campers (ages 10-14) will shoot basic distances inside the nature center and then move onto the lake pavilion, static range, and 3-D range. Register by June 13.

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  • 4th of July Fireworks Hike

    4th of July Fireworks Hike

    07/02/2016 - 07/02/2016

    Slow down this July 4th and join a ranger for a leisurely stroll to the top of Panola Mountain. As the sun sets, we will enjoy a panoramic view of Stone Mountain and Atlanta's Independence Day Celebrations from a distance. Bring water, bug spray, and a flashlight for the walk back down the mountain to a waiting campfire and s'mores.

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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, face painting, games for you and your pooch, and even tree climbing (for people, not pups). Leashes required.

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  • ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees - Canopy Camping

    09/10/2016 - 09/10/2016

    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 and Sunday
    7 p.m. - Sept.10 to Sept. 11, 2016, at Panola Mountain State Park, Stockbridge, Georgia.

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  • Wildflowers in the Pasture - Your State Parks Day

    Wildflowers in the Pasture - Your State Parks Day

    09/24/2016 - 09/24/2016

    Panola Mountain has been transforming an old fescue pasture into a biologically diverse native grassland for over 10 years! Help us make the area even better this year, as we need volunteers to help us plant hundreds of native wildflowers of various species. Please pre-register to help us on this event.

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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

  • 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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