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 nature viewing

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  • Panola Mountain Archery Range

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  • Panola Mountain playground

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  • Panola Mountain paved hiking & biking trail.

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  • Panola Mountain Tree Climbing

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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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Gift Shop

    Picnic Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    Rentals Available

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway




    Boat Rental

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    01/20/2018 - 01/21/2018

    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 climb, swing, and scramble. Climbs start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.

    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, January 21, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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  • Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    01/20/2018 - 02/17/2018

    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 to register in advance.

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  • Living History at Panola

    Living History at Panola

    01/21/2018 - 12/16/2018

    Learn about Panola's rich history through hands-on living history demonstrations that depict everyday family life during the 1820s and 1830s at the Parker House. Visitors will get to participate in activities such as: candle making, butter churning, cooking, making rag dolls, and other period games all from guides in historic period clothing.

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  • Guided Mountain Hike

    Guided Mountain Hike

    01/27/2018 - 02/24/2018

    Wonder why Panola Mountain is a restricted area? Come on a guided hike for a close look at our unique ecology and see how outcrop plants scrape out a living in this harsh environment. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance.

    Sunday, January 14, 2018
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Monday, January 15, 2018
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Sunday, February 11, 2018
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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    01/27/2018 - 01/28/2018

    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. All equipment is provided, no experience necessary. Ages 8 & up. Class meets at the Nature Center, not at the archery range. Call Nature Center to register.

    Saturday, January 27, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Sunday, January 28, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    02/03/2018 - 03/30/2018

    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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  • Valentine's Day Couples Hike

    Valentine's Day Couples Hike

    02/10/2018 - 02/10/2018

    Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain a guided hike through our conservation area, watch the sunset over downtown Atlanta, have your photos taken on top of the mountain, and roast chocolate covered strawberry inspired s'mores over the campfire. Space is limited. Call to reserve spots.

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  • Eggciting Hike Hunt

    Eggciting Hike Hunt

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    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. Must register in advance.

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