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.

Welcoming signs coming to Arabia Mountain

posted on July 28th, 2017  |  Read more

Posted April 6, 2017 by John Hewitt | The Champion Newspaper “Signs, signs, everywhere signs; blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind.” –Lyrics to the song “Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band  Slabs of granite that will ultimately be incorporated into AMNHA signage designs. Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) will soon be getting new signs, but they’re […]

Arabia Alliance hosts open house

posted on July 28th, 2017  |  Read more

Posted May 26, 2017 by Valerie Morgan | On Common Ground News The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance hosted an open house on May 23 to provide the community an opportunity to learn about the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA). The open house was held from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Alliance’s office, 3350 Klondike Road […]

National Heritage Area unveils signage program

posted on July 28th, 2017  |  Read more

Posted March 17, 2017 by Valerie Morgan | Local News Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area officials, DeKalb County commissioners and other key partners unveiled renderings of the signage that will mark trailheads and other areas of historic and natural interests in the National Heritage Area. The unveiling followed another big announcement on the same day: the DeKalb County Department […]

Monks welcome outsiders to their serene retreat

posted on July 28th, 2017  |  Read more

The Champion Newspaper | Posted by Gale Horton Gay on July 12, 2017 in Lifestyle A place where monks spend their lives in prayer and labor may not sound like an attraction for outsiders to tour, but that’s exactly the opportunity being offered at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Located in the Conyers countryside, the monastery, home […]

Trail mix & match: Great hikes around Atlanta for every toughness level

posted on July 1st, 2016  |  Read more

Posted May 25, 2016 By: Jill Vejnoska – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Go take a hike! We’re not being mean. Just the opposite, in fact. Stop beating yourself up for not spending enough time outside in the beautiful spring weather. Or not spending enough time inside, at the gym, getting into tiptop shorts-and-tube-top shape. Instead … Go […]

Four Sassy Georgia Sleepovers

posted on July 1st, 2016  |  Read more

The camel’s whiskers tickled my cheek, searching for an opening to enjoy some of my morning coffee. Waking up with camels is all part of the plan at the North Georgia Zoo.Overnight campers set up tents or campers next to the camels for sleepovers at the zoo, protected by the Great Pyrenees dogs that roam […]

Panola Mountain State Park Hits Bulls-Eye with Archery

posted on July 1st, 2016  |  Read more

By: Sue Rodman http://fieldtripswithsue.com/archery-panola-mountain I’ve been doing a little research for a post on Experiencing the Hunger Games in Atlanta. If you’ve read any of the books, you know the main character, Katniss Everdeen is an expert archer.  So of course my research had to include learning how to use a bow and arrow, and […]

7 ways to adventure at Arabia Mountain

posted on July 1st, 2016  |  Read more

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.

The Lost World of Arabia Mountain

posted on February 28th, 2016  |  Read more

Monks, an animal ER, and 400 million years of history. Though Arabia Mountain looks more like the moon than a mountain, it is rich with plant life, including five endangered plants. The red bulbs of diamorpha bloom brilliantly once a year. Shallow water pools are ideal for pool sprite. In the preserve, salamander eggs can be seen during a hike.

Flat Rock Archives keeps African-American history alive

posted on February 10th, 2016  |  Read more

By Shelia Poole – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Full story here Johnny Waits sits in a chilly room in the old Bryant family home on Crossvale Road in Lithonia with a space heater in one corner to provide extra warmth. He has turned what used to be a bedroom in the nearly century-old white-frame house into […]

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