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 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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  • Panola Mountain Archery Range

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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

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Near Interstate Highway



    Bicycle, Boat Rental

    Site Information

    Primitive Camp Sites Available

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    Lost But Found Safe and Sound

    11/12/2016 - 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 occurring). Meet at the Nature Center. Must register in advance.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    12/09/2016 - 12/09/2016

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

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  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    12/10/2016 - 01/29/2017

    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 start! All equipment is provided; ages 9 and up. Class is held inside Nature Center, NOT at the Archery Range. Call Nature Center to register.

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  • Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    Secrets of the Mountain Wilderness Hike

    12/10/2016 - 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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  • Stewardship Saturday - Rivercane Restoration

    Stewardship Saturday - Rivercane Restoration

    12/10/2016 - 12/17/2016

    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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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    12/10/2016 - 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. Call the Nature Center to register.

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  • Advanced Archery Class

    Advanced Archery Class

    12/10/2016 - 01/28/2017

    Have you taken our basic and intermediate classes? Are you wanting even more of a challenge with archery? Move on to the advanced class that takes place on our 3-D and static ranges! Participants must call to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled and pay in advance.

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  • Wilderness Survival Course

    Wilderness Survival Course

    12/10/2016 - 02/25/2017

    Going on a day hike? What if your hike turned into a three-day survival trek? Through a series of hands-on classes, we will teach you skills and tricks that could save your life. Classes will take place both indoors and out, so dress for the weather. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center. Click the program title for more details.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    12/11/2016 - 01/29/2017

    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. Meet at Alexander Lake pavilion. Participants must call Nature Center to register no later than the day before the class is scheduled AND pay in advance.

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  • Holiday Elf Hike

    Holiday Elf Hike

    12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

    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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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    12/17/2016 - 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 PM and 3 PM. Call Nature Center to register. Ages 8 and up.

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  • Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    Friends of Panola Mountain Extended Hike

    12/17/2016 - 02/18/2017

    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 (770) 389-7801 to register in advance.

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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2017 - 01/01/2017

    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 2017. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Must register in advance.


    Sunday, January 1, 2017
    9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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  • MLK Day of Service

    MLK Day of Service

    01/16/2017 - 01/16/2017

    Join us as we give the park some extra TLC. Help us keep Panola beautiful on this national day of volunteer service dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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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  • Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot

    Valentine's Day Cupid Shoot

    02/11/2017 - 02/11/2017

    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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  • Valentine's Day Couples Hike

    Valentine's Day Couples Hike

    02/11/2017 - 02/11/2017

    Looking for something new to do with your valentine? Bring them to Panola Mountain for a sunset hike. Want for more fun? Compete with your partner in a series of team building games to see who knows their companion best. Are you the King and Queen of Love? Only one way to find out! Space is limited. Call to reserve spots.

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  • Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    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

    04/15/2017 - 04/15/2017

    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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  • Archery Camp

    Archery Camp

    06/12/2017 - 06/16/2017

    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 May 29th.

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  • Outdoor Adventure Camp

    Outdoor Adventure Camp

    06/19/2017 - 06/23/2017

    Tired of the same old summer camp? Looking for some adventure this summer? We have the solution! If you're interested in archery, bouldering, kayaking, tree climbing, paddle boarding, outdoor living skills, and more, this is the camp for you. Ages 10-14. Must register by June 5.

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