Panola Mountain State Park

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Panola Mountain State Park

Georgia

(770) 389-7801

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Overview

This unusual park near Atlanta was created to protect a 100-acre granite monadnock (mountain) often compared to Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain. Minimally developed, Panola Mountain shelters rare plants of the Piedmont region. Hikers may explore the park's watershed and granite outcrop on their own, or they may join park staff for guided hikes onto the restricted-access mountain. Children especially enjoy the interpretive center with animal exhibits.

Due to its delicate ecological features, Panola Mountain was designated a National Natural Landmark, and pets are not allowed on most trails.

Map of Panola Mountain (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.623400, -84.172800

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling is available on the 12-mile, paved Rockdale River and Arabia Mountain PATH trail.

  • Climbing

    Panola Mountain State Park operates a unique tree climbing program that costs a fee, dependent on program and group size. Climbers must pre-register to participate. See the park website for details.

  • Fishing

    There are two fishing lakes available on site for visitors enjoyment. A Georgia fishing license is required. Fishing boats may be rented.

  • Hiking

    There are a total of 6.5 miles of trails at Panola, with a number of trail paths of varying length and difficulty. Trails can be self-guided, but the park offers guided trails as well.

    There is a 2-mile self-guided nature trail and a 1-mile fitness trail.

    The 12-mile PATH Foundation/Panola Mountain Trailhead is a paved trail available for hiking, biking, skating, and other non-motorized uses. It connects Panola Mountain with Arabia Mountain and Stonecrest Mall. Dogs are allowed provided they are on a 6-foot leash.

    A 3.5 mile guided hike is available by reservation. Call ahead at 770-389-7801.

    Other distinctive trails include the 1.25 mile Watershed Trail and the 3/4 mile Rock Outcrop trail.

  • Picnicking

    The park has four picnic shelters and a conference room. Picnic Shelter #1: An open-sided covered shelter, located at least 100 yards from the parking area on the same side as the playground. The shelter sits down an embankment and is not ADA accessible. The shelter has grill and water faucet but no electrical service. Picnic Shelter #2: An open-sided covered shelter, located across the road from the playground. Site sits down low and is not easily accessible by wheelchair. Shelter has grill and water faucet but no electrical service. Groups/families of 60 to 100 persons should reserve shelters #2 and #4. They will need both areas but the shelters are within 150 yards of each other. Picnic Shelter #3 is an open-sided covered shelter, located across the road from the playground, next to the entrance of the one mile fitness trail. Shelter is on level ground and is the easiest accessible site. The shelter has grill and water faucet but no electrical service. Picnic Shelter #4: An open-sided covered shelter located on level ground and is easily accessible. The shelter has grill and water faucet but no electrical service.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from September 15 to April 14 at 7 a.m.-6 p.m. (or dark) and April 15 to September 14, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. (or dark). The Interpretive Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Directions

Driving

Located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Ga. Hwy. 155 via 120 exit #68.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(770) 389-7801

Permits

(800) 864-7275

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