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 Archery Range

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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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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


  • Indoor Basic Archery

    Indoor Basic Archery

    04/15/2017 - 04/30/2017

    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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  • Intermediate Archery

    Intermediate Archery

    04/16/2017 - 04/30/2017

    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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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike

    Moonlight Mountain Hike

    05/06/2017 - 07/08/2017

    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.

    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Friday, June 9, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Saturday, July 8, 2017
    8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Intro to Tree Climbing

    Intro to Tree Climbing

    05/06/2017 - 05/07/2017

    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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  • Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers

    Guided Mountain Hike and Wildflowers

    05/07/2017 - 05/29/2017

    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. We'll look for diamorpha, Carolina jessamine, atamasco lily and trout lily, depending on dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water. Register in advance.

    Saturday, April 1, 2017
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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  • Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    Atlanta Audubon Society Bird Walk

    05/12/2017 - 05/12/2017

    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 Alexander Lakes parking area. Donations of birdseed are appreciated.

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  • Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    Reptile Day at Panola Mountain

    05/20/2017 - 05/20/2017

    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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  • South River Land/Water Trail Stewardship: National Trails Day

    South River Land/Water Trail Stewardship: National Trails Day

    06/03/2017 - 06/03/2017

    In celebration of National Trails Day, join South River Watershed Alliance and Panola Mountain State Park with a hike to explore the South River's riparian, floodplain, and aquatic ecology. Later in the day, participants will enjoy a river float and cleanup and learn more about the plants and animals that inhabit the South River corridor.

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  • Moonlight Mountain Hike - Get Outdoors Day

    Moonlight Mountain Hike - Get Outdoors Day

    06/10/2017 - 06/10/2017

    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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  • 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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  • ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    ZZZ's in the Trees: Canopy Camping

    06/24/2017 - 09/15/2017

    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!

    Saturday, June 24, 2017 
    6 p.m.

    Friday, September 15, 2017 
    6 p.m.

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  • 4th of July Fireworks Hike

    4th of July Fireworks Hike

    07/02/2017 - 07/02/2017

    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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  • Wildflowers and Wetlands

    Wildflowers and Wetlands

    09/23/2017 - 09/23/2017

    Join park staff and volunteers as we work to keep our public lands beautiful and clean. Bring snacks and water, bug repellent and comfortable work clothes. Work gloves recommended. Lunch provided afterwards by Friends of Panola Mountain.

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  • Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    Trunk-O-Treat for Halloween

    10/28/2017 - 10/28/2017

    Looking for a safer way to celebrate Halloween? Join us for the 3rd 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 regis... read more

  • Turkey Trek Night Hike

    Turkey Trek Night Hike

    11/18/2017 - 11/18/2017

    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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  • Holiday Elf Hike

    Holiday Elf Hike

    12/23/2017 - 12/23/2017

    Bring your elf, doll, or favorite stuffed friend to Panola Mountain for a hike. Fresh air is good for our magical friends too. There will be a fun craft followed by a short hike on our Rock Outcrop Loop. You will get a goody bag and hot cocoa, and a special souvenir for your elf. Must register for event in advance.

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