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 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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  • 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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Gift Shop, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms, Rentals Available

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Near Interstate Highway

    20

    Rentals

    Bicycle

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • 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

  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    05/28/2016 - 05/30/2016

    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.

     

    Saturday, May 28, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Sunday, May 29, 2016
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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  • Advanced Archery Class

    Advanced Archery Class

    05/28/2016 - 05/28/2016

    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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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    05/29/2016 - 05/29/2016

    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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  • Panola Mountain State Park 10K/5K - National Trails Day

    Panola Mountain State Park 10K/5K - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Greater Atlanta Athletes present the 2016 Greater Atlanta Run Series! Panola Mountain is the second run in this five-part 5K series and is a great way to kick off National Trails Day. Must register with Greater Atlanta Athletes to run.

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  • Morning Mountain Hike - National Trails Day

    Morning Mountain Hike - National Trails Day

    06/04/2016 - 06/04/2016

    Celebrate National Trails Day with a guided tour of Panola Mountain and its conservation area. Learn about the intriguing history of this land and the unique ecology of the mountain it protects. This 3.5-mile hike meets at the Nature Center. Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bug repellent. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    06/11/2016 - 06/11/2016

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

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  • Frog Slog - National Get Outdoors Day

    Frog Slog - National Get Outdoors Day

    06/11/2016 - 06/11/2016

    Investigate wetlands and streams in search of frogs. Be prepared to get wet. There will be a water hose available at the end of the program to hose off with.

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  • Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    06/11/2016 - 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 occuring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    06/18/2016 - 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. Advance registration is required.

     

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Saturday, July 16, 2016
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 13, 2016
    7:30 p.m. - 9:30... read more

  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    06/18/2016 - 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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  • Creature Feature

    Creature Feature

    06/18/2016 - 09/17/2016

    How many types of venomous snakes live in Georgia? Are salamanders reptiles? Learn the answers to these questions and more as a Panola Mountain Ranger introduces you to our reptilian residents.

    All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, not pets.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Saturday, July 23, 2016
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Saturday, August 27, 2016
    2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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  • Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.

    Night Owl 5K - A.W.A.R.E.

    06/18/2016 - 06/18/2016

    Come out for a fun 5K race and help AWARE save wild animals at the same time. The course will be a mix of paved and hard-packed trails, winding through beautiful Panola Mountain State Park, one of the jewels of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Must register with Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Efforts (AWARE).

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  • Great American Campout - Family Fun Camping Night

    Great American Campout - Family Fun Camping Night

    06/25/2016 - 06/25/2016

    Join a park ranger for a night of camping under the stars. Learn backpacking tips like how to properly pack your bag and Leave No Trace Principles. We will provide water for campers and will have wilderness education programs throughout the night finishing up the day's activities with a campfire to roast s'mores. Must register in advance.

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  • Archery Camp

    Archery Camp

    06/27/2016 - 07/01/2016

    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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  • Saturday Mountain Hike

    Saturday Mountain Hike

    07/02/2016 - 09/03/2016

    Ever wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close-up look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bug spray, and bring plenty of water. Ages 10 and up. Register in advance. Meet in Nature Center.

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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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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    09/10/2016 - 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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  • 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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  • 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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