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 Tree Climbing

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  • Panola Mountain picnicking

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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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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 Area

    Picnic Shelter

    Public Restrooms

    Rentals Available

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway

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    Rentals

    Bicycle

    Boat Rental

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • Architectural Tour Series

    Architectural Tour Series

    03/24/2018 - 06/23/2018

    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

  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    05/25/2018 - 08/24/2018

    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.

    Friday, May 25, 2018
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 30, 2018
    8:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m.

    Friday, July 27, 2018
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    05/26/2018 - 08/11/2018

    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, May 26, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

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  • Guided Mountain Hike

    Guided Mountain Hike

    05/27/2018 - 08/26/2018

    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, May 27, 2018
    1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Monday, May 28, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 9, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    9:00 a.m.... read more

  • National Trails Day - Panola Mountain Guided Hike

    National Trails Day - Panola Mountain Guided Hike

    06/02/2018 - 06/02/2018

    This is a moderately strenuous hike covering approximately 3 miles, with significant elevation changes and uneven terrain. Ages 10 and up. Groups of 6 or more must register for a private hike. Meet at Nature Center. Reservations are nonrefundable. Participants must give at least 24 hours notice if they need to reschedule. Transfer credits will only be applied to a similar program. This is a rain or shine event! In the case of severe weather, the park may deem it necessary to cancel or resched... read more

  • Running with the Monks: Monastery Trail Races

    Running with the Monks: Monastery Trail Races

    06/09/2018 - 06/09/2018

    Back by popular demand, the Monastery Annual 5K Run & Fun Walk will be on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Enjoy a run/walk through the beautiful monastery grounds. Bring the whole family and join the run or fun-walk on an amazing 3.1-mile trail route through the serene monastery landscape. 8-mile option on website!

    Register online, mail in registration, or drop off at the monastery gift store. Check-in is at 6:30 a.m., and races begin at 8:30 a.m. A signed waiver is required for all youth 18 ... read more

  • Sunset Mountain Hike

    Sunset Mountain Hike

    06/15/2018 - 08/10/2018

    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.

    Friday, June 15, 2018
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Friday, July 6, 2018
    8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    Friday, August 10, 2018
    7:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    06/16/2018 - 08/19/2018

    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, June 16, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, June 17, 2018
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. 
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, July 22, 2018
    1 p.m. -... read more

  • Living History at Panola

    Living History at Panola

    06/17/2018 - 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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  • Outdoor Adventure Camp

    Outdoor Adventure Camp

    06/25/2018 - 06/29/2018

    Tired of the same old summer camp? Looking for some adventure this summer? We have the solution! If you're interested in archery, bouldering, tree climbing, outdoor living skills, and more, this is the camp for you. Ages 10-14.

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  • ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    06/30/2018 - 08/04/2018

    Join us for a tranquil night in the canopy as you lay in your "tree-boat," viewing stars through shimmering branches. 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 are allowed to camp. Register in advance. Space is very limited.

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  • 4th of July Fireworks Hike

    4th of July Fireworks Hike

    07/03/2018 - 07/04/2018

    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 campfire and s'mores.

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