Atlanta Metro / Stockbridge

Panola Mountain State Park

2600 Hwy 155 S.W.
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 Tree Climbing

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  • Panola Mountain fishing on Alexander Lake

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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 Alexander Lake

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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


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    12/27/2014 - 03/28/2015

    Come to the nature center for indoor archery and join a certified instructor to learn the basics. All equipment provided. If you have your own equipment, cost includes an all-day archery range pass. Ages 9 and up. Arrive 15 minutes early. Call to register in advance. Groups of six or more must register for a private class.


    Saturday, December 27, 2014
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Sunday, December 28, 2014
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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  • Volunteer Meet and Greet

    Volunteer Meet and Greet

    12/28/2014 - 12/28/2014

    Looking to get involved in the park? We would love to have you join us for a casual meeting to discuss what the park needs, what you would like to see, and how you can become part of the Panola community. Meet in Nature Center. Coffee and donuts provided. Call to register in advance.

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  • First Day Hike

    First Day Hike

    01/01/2015 - 01/01/2015

    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. Hike to the top of the mountain to symbolize all the great things you will accomplish in 2015. Finish with s'mores and hot chocolate around a campfire. Register in advance. Ages 6 and up. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    01/03/2015 - 01/31/2015

    Join us on a hike up Panola Mountain to enjoy the sunset over Atlanta. The moonlight will guide us down to a lakeside campfire where we will enjoy s'mores. Bring flashlights, hiking boots and water. Ages 10 and up. Please call to register in advance. Groups of 10 or more must register for a private hike.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    01/09/2015 - 01/09/2015

    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 at the Alexander Lake Area. Call to register in advance. Donations of birdseed are appreciated.

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  • Stewardship Saturday

    Stewardship Saturday

    01/10/2015 - 04/25/2015

    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 and long pants, and bring gloves and a water bottle. Meet at Alexander Lakes Area Parking Lot. Registration in advance required.

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  • Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    Tree Top Excursions: Introduction Climb

    01/17/2015 - 01/17/2015

    Join us "on rope" for an adventure exploring the canopy above. Participants will use rope and harness for this moderately strenuous activity. One group will start at 1PM; another group will start at 3PM. Please arrive 15 minutes before each program. Participants must call to register in advance.

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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    01/18/2015 - 03/29/2015

    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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  • MLK Day of Service

    MLK Day of Service

    01/19/2015 - 01/19/2015

    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. Bring water, sturdy shoes and work gloves. Must register in advance by calling the Nature Center.

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