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.

National Park Service announces Roving Junior Ranger program

posted on May 16th, 2019  |  Read more

The Marietta Daily Journal The new Roving Junior Ranger Program is a self-guided, interactive tour of several locations in metro Atlanta. The tours will take place at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Cobb County, Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw, Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area in Lithonia, Martin Luther King Jr. National […]

5 Instagram-able Experiences in Henry County, Georgia

posted on May 5th, 2019  |  Read more

Take things from high-flying fun to low-key hangout while snapping a photo along the way. From Visit Henry County, Georgia 1) The Walking Dead Selfie Spot If you’re a fan of the post-apocalyptic zombie series you’ll recognize this #GeorgiaFilm selfie spot as the site of the dumpster scene involving series favorite, Glenn Rhee circa season […]

Why Stone Mountain Isn’t Just A Mountain And Why Coyotes Are Changemakers

posted on April 29th, 2019  |  Read more

    GRANT BLANKENSHIP / GPB By Virginia Prescott, Grant Blankenship and Sophia Saliby for Georgia Public Broadcasting News GPB’s Wild Georgia series wraps up Monday.  Our journalists have been out hiking, climbing, boating — and reporting.  They’ve been bringing you stories about the natural beauty of the state. Two of them stopped by On Second Thought to expand upon […]

Free yoga, gardening activities at DeKalb parks this weekend

posted on April 26th, 2019  |  Read more

By J. D. Capelouto for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Parks across DeKalb County are participating in national “Park Prescription Day” on Sunday with a number of free outdoor activities. The event is part of a growing movement of prescribing nature to improve health. Around the county, more than 10 parks will feature different free activities including yoga, […]

9 picturesque hikes less than an hour from Atlanta (excerpt)

posted on April 26th, 2019  |  Read more

By Kelly Sundstrom, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution From red moss and vernal pools, to rocky outcroppings and rare trees, Arabia Mountain makes the perfect hiking stop for people interested in unusual and unique flora. Formed from gneiss, the outcroppings found at Arabia Mountain will make you feel like you’re on another planet. To protect the […]

Stone Mountain’s History Tells Story About Human Impact On Nature

posted on April 23rd, 2019  |  Read more

  Panola Mountain is only accessible by guided tour in order to protect the ecosystem. SOPHIA SALIBY / GPB NEWS By Sophia Saliby for Georgia Public Broadcasting News Walking up Stone Mountain, it’s hard not to notice people. They’re mostly hiking, but humans have quarried the mountain, carved into it and completely changed the landscape over the […]

Water Quality in South River – Root of the Problem

posted on April 21st, 2019  |  Read more

By Guest Columnist Jacqueline Echols, Ph.D., board president, South River Watershed Alliance for Saporta Report As we celebrate Earth Day, we are all likely reminded of a special place where nature comes to life in all of its grandeur that we celebrate on this day, this month, and all year long. That special place for me is the […]

Hike through Georgia history on these 13 interesting trails (excerpt)

posted on April 17th, 2019  |  Read more

From Explore Georgia and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution A stacked-stone, Civil War-era paper mill can be found on the banks of a rocky creek at Sope Creek Trail. Photo by Brian Michael Walters, @bmwaltersnj You can see so much on a walk through the woods. Most sights are natural and expected—from beautiful plants and frolicking animals to […]

Black Heritage of Rockdale inducts 10 trailblazers into inaugural Hall of Fame

posted on March 22nd, 2019  |  Read more

Rockdale’s native daughter and Pulitzer Prize recipient E.R. Shipp and Katrina McCollum Young, president of the Rockdale County School Board and Georgia School Boards Association, presented the Lifetime Achievement award to Cleveland Stroud, who was the first African American elected official in Rockdale County. By Mackenzie N. Morgan The Black Heritage of Rockdale County organization hosted its  […]

DeKalb News: Exhibit showcases historic black community Flat Rock

posted on March 20th, 2019  |  Read more

By Tia Mitchell for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Artifacts from the Flat Rock Archives, a museum honoring one of Georgia’s oldest African-American communities, are now on display at the DeKalb History Center. The History Center is located in the formerly segregated Historic DeKalb Courthouse in downtown Decatur, and the Flat Rock exhibit will remain for two years. […]