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How to Get the Best Photos in the National Heritage Area

Are you photography fan, a casual shooter or a professional shutterbug? The National Heritage Area is photo-ready throughout the year, with gorgeous landscapes and iconic historic sites to enjoy. Some spots require a permit for certain photoshoots, though, and that can be confusing. Luckily, we’ve compiled answers to our most commonly asked questions below! If […]

Arabia Past: Discover the Davidson Quarry

Before Arabia Mountain was a beloved nature preserve, it was owned by the quarry industry. The Davidson family had a massive granite quarry operation in and around Lithonia, including Arabia Mountain. At one point, the quarry was one of the largest in the world. While the granite in other properties were carved and blasted away, […]

Flat Rock: History and Resilience

Flat Rock is one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia, with a history of resilience that stretches back over 150 years. Here are some fast facts to introduce you to this historically significant community: Comedian Chris Tucker and former NFL Quarterback Warren Moon are descendants of the Flat Rock community. One of Flat Rock’s […]

A Day of Daisies: 2019 Recap

On Sunday, September 22nd, hikers conquered three mountains and saw dozens of blooming yellow daisies. The second annual Daisy Days Triple Hike began at Stone Mountain (the largest of the three monadnocks) then went to Arabia (the oldest) and finished at Panola Mountain (the most pristine). Hikers ended the day with some well-earned s’mores and […]

Daisy Days is Coming!

Our Daisy Days Triple Hike is coming up soon. This Triple Hike – where we summit Stone, Arabia and Panola Mountain all in one day – celebrates the vibrant yellow daisies that bloom on the mountains this time of year. Take a peek below for a preview of what the Daisy Days Triple Hike looks […]

Arabia Alliance Honored at Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference

This week, staff of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance (the nonprofit coordinator of the National Heritage Area) spent three days in LaGrange, GA, at the 2019 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference. We learned about everything from social media strategies to the importance of public art and even brainstormed new tourism slogans. We also enjoyed local […]

Barren Rock? Not So Much

Look at the metro-Atlanta monadnocks (the granite mountains of Stone, Arabia and Panola) and you’ll see what looks like a mass of barren stone. Look closer, though, and you’ll see a rich array of biodiversity, especially when it comes to plants. These seemingly barren mountains are actually filled with plants found almost nowhere else on […]

We Love Books!

This weekend, you’ll find us far away from the quiet hills and historic sites of the AMNHA: we’ll have a booth in the heart of the bustling Decatur Book Festival! We love books (almost) as much as we love the National Heritage Area, and we’ll be giving out our Junior Ranger booklets so kids can […]

A Daisy Days Preview with Ranger Taylor

With Daisy Days on the horizon, we joined Panola Mountain State Park Assistant Park Manager Taylor Aluko for a preview of what to expect at Panola as the yellow daisies bloom. Panola Mountain’s daisies haven’t started blooming yet – we’re still in the thick of summer – but as Ranger Taylor guided us across the […]

200 Years of History, 90 Feet of Paper

On a hot August Saturday, Johnny Waits stood with two assistants outside of the historic T. A. Bryant, Sr. Homestead, unrolling a 90-foot-long sheet of paper. Waits is President and Co-Founder of the Flat Rock Archives, an organization that preserves the history of one of Flat Rock, one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia. […]