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


  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    12/05/2015 - 01/31/2016

    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 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

    12/06/2015 - 12/20/2015

    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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  • Atlanta Boy Choir

    Atlanta Boy Choir

    12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015

    The Atlanta Boy Choir's annual concert in the Abbey Church of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit is a tradition many count on to help them prepare for the coming of Christmas. Since the setting is both festive and sacred, the words of the hymns and carols sung here seem more wondrous and often resonate in a way far deeper than is possible in another place. The voices fill the arched sanctuary with a joyous sound where it was meant to be heard anticipating the birth of the Savior.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    12/12/2015 - 01/30/2016

    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

    12/12/2015 - 12/12/2015

    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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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk at Vaughter's Farm

    12/18/2015 - 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. This activity is good for all ages. We recommend long pants and sleeves. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed for our Nature Center are appreciated.

    Friday, December 18, 2015
    9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    Friday, January 8, 2016
    9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

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  • Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    12/19/2015 - 12/19/2015

    Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous, very unique activity. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance. Ages 8 and up.


    Saturday, December 19, 2015
    1 p.m. - 12 a.m.
    3 p.m. - 12 a.m.

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  • Holiday Elf Hike

    Holiday Elf Hike

    12/19/2015 - 12/19/2015

    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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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    12/19/2015 - 12/19/2015

    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, December 19, 2015

    4:50 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2016 - 01/01/2016

    Start the New Year off right with a brisk hike up our beautiful mountain! Join us on a journey that begins by writing, then burning, last year's burdens. Climb to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2016. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Please register in advance.

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  • MLK Day of Service

    MLK Day of Service

    01/18/2016 - 01/18/2016

    Join us for a day of maintenance and service projects as we give the park some much needed TLC. We can't keep Panola the beautiful place of play and relaxation it is without your help! Come prepared to work and make new friends while you're at it. Bring water, sturdy shoes, and work gloves. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center.

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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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  • 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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