Archives: Outdoor Discovery

Monadnock Mindfulness: A Weekend of Mountaintop Yoga

For yoga instructor Sandra Bonkienė, interaction with nature is an important part of yoga. That’s why she joins us each year to host a yoga class at Arabia Mountain. “The idea of having it is to connect with nature,” Sandra said, “so we can experience the elements like air and earth.” Outside on the rock […]

Monadnock Madness Photography Workshops

Along with the Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge, there are a host of other events that occur every year to celebrate our marvelous monadnocks. That includes two nature photography workshops hosted by veteran nature photographer Larry Winslett. The workshop starts at Stone Mountain before moving to Arabia and, lastly, Panola Mountain. Larry guides workshop attendees […]

Step into Monadnock Madness Your Own Way: Try Out Hike As You Like!

Monadnock Madness – our annual celebration of Georgia’s granite giants, Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains – is in full swing. Continuing throughout the month of March, Monadnock Madness encompasses over 40 different events at all three mountains. One of our favorite parts of these annual festivities is the Triple Hike Challenge. During the Challenge, hikers […]

Monadnock Madness Returns for the First Triple Hike of the Year!

Saturday, March 2nd was mild and partly cloudy – the perfect weather for the first triple hike of Monadnock Madness 2019. Participants scaled Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountains over the course of the day, enjoying guided hikes from experienced rangers and guides at the three parks (Stone Mountain Park, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Panola […]

High-Tech Exploration: The Wonderful World of Geocaching

Monadnock Madness – our annual celebration of hiking and the outdoors at Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains – begins on March first, and this year we’ve added a new challenge to the mix: The Geocaching Challenge. A monadnock is a large, exposed outcrop of rock, usually rising above the surrounding landscape. There are dozens of […]

Spring Preview: What’s Blooming at Arabia Mountain?

Monadnock Madness is on the horizon! With our annual hiking and outdoors celebration beginning in just a few weeks, we wanted to give y’all a preview of what you can expect at Arabia Mountain. So, we took a hike with Ranger Robby to get an overview and here’s what we learned: Spring comes earlier at […]

It’s Photography Season at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area!

The lunar landscapes of Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain, as well as the lush forests and meadows found throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA), cry out to be photographed. But we want to leave no trace and keep these wild spaces beautiful for future visitors when we’re getting that perfect shot. Here’s how […]

Monadnock Madness – What’s that? Here’s a refresh:

Every year, we celebrate the three major Atlanta-area monadnocks – Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain and Stone Mountain – with a month long series of events called Monadnock Madness. This outdoor extravaganza includes mountaintop yoga, photography workshops, and the Triple Hike Challenge, in which hikers summit all three monadnocks in one day. Along with these main […]

Winter Hikes & Winter Wildlife

Every season in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area offers its own wonder and winter is no exception. The bare monadnocks feel all the more otherworldly in the colder months, when many of the trees have lost their leaves, and the spring plants have died to be replaced by winter flora. And that’s not to […]

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. […]