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.

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

Posted May 25, 2016 By: Eric Champlin – Atlanta Journal-Constitution  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 […]

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 […]

Tips for Taking your Dog to the Park

posted on January 15th, 2016  |  Read more

Story by By Audra Gerger for E Metro News Now that it is a new year, you might be thinking of exercising. Walking is a great form of exercise and having a companion helps you to stick to your walking routine. That companion can easily be your dog! After all, he probably likes the car […]

Panola Mountain’s lakes to be lowered for dam repairs

posted on January 4th, 2016  |  Read more

If it seems like the lakes at Panola Mountain are lower than you remember — don’t worry, it’s not your imagination.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin lowering both lakes at the state park Dec. 16 to perform inspections of 50-year-old earthen dams.

Statewide trail network envisioned in Georgia

posted on December 28th, 2015  |  Read more

By Andria Simmons – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A loose coalition of trailhounds is morphing into an organization with ambitious plans to create a statewide trail network. They are a diverse group of horse, bicycle, canoe, hiking and walking enthusiasts. And they imagine being able to travel across the state on a seamless network of trails […]

Atlanta Hikes: Arabia Mountain

posted on December 16th, 2015  |  Read more

Original article for the Odyssey by Sammi Hudock For nature lovers like myself, living in the busy city of Atlanta can pose a unique set of issues. The bright city lights fail to fill the gap left by the lack of stars and cars on the highway are nothing compared to crickets in the night. Although […]

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