Archives: Outdoor Discovery

Daisy Days

Come and see summer go out with a bang! As September sets in, thousands of yellow daisies burst into life and carpet the mountainsides in bright blooms. You wouldn’t know it by looking around here, but these relatives of the sunflower are actually extremely rare and only grow within a 60-mile radius in the Southeast. […]

Junior Ranger Roundup in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area

Explore, learn, protect; Junior Ranger Day set for Sept. 30. There’s a world of activities near your backyard to help kids satisfy their curious nature while also becoming a Junior Ranger! Encourage them to discover the great outdoors in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area during Junior Ranger Day at Panola Mountain State Park on […]

Red Carpet Ready

Your local monadnocks are decked out in red this spring, so now is the perfect time to see this yearly spectacle! Diamorpha may be only a few inches tall, but it makes up for its size with profusion and boldness.  Most of the solution pits at the top of Arabia Mountain are covered in the […]

Pedal, Paddle, and Primitive Camping At Panola

Enjoy a memorable afternoon with a rented bike, kayak, or paddleboard at Panola Mountain State Park. Feel the wind in your hair as you glide over the AMP or slow down with a paddle through the reflective waters of Alexander Lakes.

Dramatic Diamorpha

Local monadnocks are rolling out the red carpet for you in April. Once each year a rare plant, diamorpha smallii, turns an eye-catching red before donning pure, white flowers. Although it is only a couple inches tall, this show-stopping plant blankets the mountain pools at Arabia with crimson. If you trek to the top of Panola Mountain you’ll be treated to isolated pools in a sea of green lichens and moss.

Self-Guided Bike Tour

Explore a land 400 million years in the making. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) is an open landscape of breathtaking beauty, peace, and wonder just east of Atlanta along I-20. Dominated by two massive granite outcrops, it offers visitors natural wonders, compelling history and heart-pumping activity.  The PATH Foundation trail within the AMNHA is designed to […]

New Home Needed; Shallow Pit Preferred

Finding a new home for an endangered plant species isn’t easy. Especially when that tiny plant prefers to live in a cozy pool on a granite monadnock. In early December, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve began an excavation to create new granite pool habitats for two critically imperiled plant species: the federally threatened pool sprite (Amphianthus […]

Creature Feature

Many creatures great and small call the Heritage Area home. Here are a few that we have spotted. Most of the stunning photos below were taken by Brittany Camp, a local with a great eye! 

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