In the News

The National Heritage Area is a pretty fascinating place and we’re pleased that others think so too. Here we’ll share the most recent stories published about events, activities and general interest.

5 Reasons We Love Atlanta’s DeKalb (and you should too)

posted on August 31st, 2015  |  Read more

by Matthew Smith Everyone has their favorite reason for loving Atlanta’s DeKalb. For some people it’s grabbing a bite at their favorite restaurant in Downtown Decatur, for others it’s catching their favorite local band in East Atlanta Village. We decided to compile a list of our Top 5 Reasons We Love Atlanta’s DeKalb (and you […]

Own a Piece of History

posted on August 26th, 2015  |  Read more

A secret passageway, shaded gardens, and expansive covered porches are just some of the highlights of the historic Johnson House. For the first time, this exceptional gem is for sale. Built in 1856 for a local merchant, the house and gardens sit in the heart of downtown Lithonia within the AMNHA. The setting is perfect […]

County leaders take bus tour of southeast DeKalb

posted on August 24th, 2015  |  Read more

Mark NiesseThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFull article here.  DeKalb commissioners and its CEO piled into a MARTA bus Friday for a tour of the southeastern portion of the county, the area that had lacked full representation until Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson was elected last month. The county’s government leaders saw vacant land ripe for development, parks, industrial areas, […]

The best ways to float Atlanta’s rivers and lakes

posted on August 12th, 2015  |  Read more

Eric ChamplinFor the AJC The dog days of summer are here – but don’t let the scorching temperatures and high humidity keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Beat the heat and explore the metro area’s scenic outdoors in a new way: kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at one of Atlanta’s nearby lakes or rivers. […]

7 ways to adventure at Arabia Mountain

posted on August 4th, 2015  |  Read more

Eric Champlainfor The AJC More than 2,000 acres, two monadnock mountains, three lakes and many historic sites. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, located just outside I-285 perimeter on Atlanta’s east side, is full of opportunities for outdoor adventure close to the metro area. Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain State Park and the surrounding rivers, fields, […]

8 places to have outdoor adventures around Atlanta

posted on July 10th, 2015  |  Read more

Eileen Falkenberg-Hullfor The AJC Whether you’re going with friends or taking the kids, the Atlanta area has outdoor adventures you’ll want to add to your calendar. The Atlanta area is full of reasons to get up off your couch and have some fun. These eight adventure ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. Hike a monadnock at […]

11 free Georgia nature centers you need to visit

posted on July 6th, 2015  |  Read more

Lesli Petersonfor The AJC Nature centers and preserves offer peaceful respites for exploring the forest, cooling off in streams, watching wildlife and participating in educational adventures. While every nature center around Atlanta harbors secret treasures and abundant wonders, exploring is made all the better when admission is free! Here are 11 nature centers around Atlanta […]

What To Do In Atlanta This Summer, So You Can Enjoy The Southern Heat In Style

posted on July 6th, 2015  |  Read more

ANNA PARSONS for BUSTLE  Best Place To Have Fun By Foot   Just based on looks alone, Arabia Mountain is comparable to a casual trip to outer space. The seemingly barren granite terrain is actually teeming with endangered plant species, and it’s located only 30 minutes from the Atlanta city limits by car. When you’re tired of walking, […]

Urban kids meet Mother Nature

posted on July 3rd, 2015  |  Read more

Pictures and Text by Joshua Smith Archery, climbing trees and hiking to the top of Panola Mountain are just some of the activities students of the South DeKalb Family YMCA are experiencing in the Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance’s free camp this summer. The program, running June 22 to July 17, is a partnership between Arabia […]

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