Stone Mountain. Photo by Mary Claire Stewart, @maryclairephoto
Mary Claire Stewart, @maryclairephoto
Stone Mountain. Photo by Mary Claire Stewart, @maryclairephoto

Monadnock Madness: Atlanta's Most Amazing Hike

During the month of March, Monadnock Madness takes over. Hikers earn free souvenirs for participating in naturalist-led hikes, field photography, mountaintop yoga and other events. You’ll hike about six miles, to the tops of three Atlanta mountains: Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain.

Monadnock Madness is a thoughtfully crafted annual event that combines one of Georgia’s most popular trails with one of the most pristine. This hike tells a story that will enrich your view of our relationship with planet Earth. It’s truly an unforgettable experience and, in my opinion, it’s Atlanta’s most amazing hike.

Learn more and register for one of the Triple Hike Challenges to experience all three trails the same day, or pick and choose from events scheduled throughout the month. However you decide do it, Monadnock Madness is a hike you don’t want to miss!

Hiking at Stone Mountain. Photo by Candy Cook
Hiking at Stone Mountain. Photo by Candy Cook

Stone Mountain Park

The journey begins hiking two miles on the Stone Mountain Walk Up Trail. Of the three mountains, this trail includes the most obstacles like boulders and exposed roots. It’s also where hikers will experience the most challenging elevation change of the three monadnocks.

Arabia Mountain
Arabia Mountain

Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

The second leg, of Monadnock Madness, takes hikers on an easier one-mile hike on Arabia Mountain, the oldest of the three. This more relaxed trail has the least elevation change or obstacles.

Hiking at Panola Mountain State Park
Hiking at Panola Mountain State Park

Panola Mountain State Park

Finally, hikers are treated to the pristine beauty of hiking a protected trail to the top of Panola Mountain. The longest leg of the hike, at three miles, winds through the forest as it climbs the hidden mountain. This summit offers a unique look at the monadnock environment that will surprise you!

Don’t miss out on this amazing annual event!

Published: March 2019
Written by: Candy Cook