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.

Celebrate Mardi Gras: 16 things to do this weekend in metro Atlanta (Excerpt)

posted on February 28th, 2019  |  Read more

By Mary Caldwell, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Looking for something for the entire family to enjoy this weekend? You’ll be able to celebrate Mardi Gras, welcome baseball’s return or conquer three granite mountains in one day. And that’s just a sampling of what’s going on in throughout the metro Atlanta area… Monadnock Madness Triple Hike […]

Monadnock Madness 2019: New events added

posted on February 27th, 2019  |  Read more

The Henry Herald. STONECREST – Events have been finalized for Monadnock Madness, the annual celebration of Atlanta’s granite mountains. Organized by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Panola Mountain State Park and the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Monadnock Madness encompasses more than 40 events taking place at the three parks throughout […]

Flat Rock history on display at DeKalb History Center

posted on February 15th, 2019  |  Read more

Crossroads News.  The exhibit “Deep Roots in DeKalb: The Flat Rock Story of Resilience” is on display at the DeKalb History Center in downtown Decatur through February 2021. The exhibit’s Feb. 28 opening reception, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 6-8 p.m. at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. Flat Rock, founded […]

Georgia’s top spots for sky tours with the best bang-for-your-buck (excerpt)

posted on February 7th, 2019  |  Read more

By Candace Dantes, for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tree climbing up state parks  Tree Top Excursions, 2620 Highway 155, Stockbridge, 770-389-7801 Definitely not your childhood tree climbing days! Panola Mountain’s Tree Top Excursions lead you much higher into the canopy spaces of Southern red oaks like “Naomi Ruth,” which reaches roughly 100 feet. Climbs range from intro and group […]

Stockbridge hosting two events concerning African-American History

posted on January 29th, 2019  |  Read more

By Joe Adgie for the Henry Herald STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge will hold two events celebrating African-American heritage in the coming weeks. The first event is hosted by Councilman Alphonso Thomas and is the city’s eighth annual African-American Heritage Celebration. That event will be held Saturday, Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. at the […]

“Monadnock Madness” offers hikers, photographers amazing views, fitness and workshops

posted on January 17th, 2019  |  Read more

On Common Ground News Are you ready to rock? This March, get out and explore Georgia’s granite giants – Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain and Stone Mountain – during the annual Monadnock Madness. Come celebrate these three major Atlanta-area monadnocks through hikes, workshops, classes and fitness throughout the month. The activities include the ever-popular Triple Hike […]

Historic barn stabilized

posted on January 1st, 2019  |  Read more

By Carla Parker for the DeKalb Champion. The historic Vaughters’ Barn and meadow loop trail on Arabia Mountain PATH has reopened following completion of the barn’s stabilization project. Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance announced Dec. 12 that the stabilization of the “iconic” white-painted barn located adjacent to Klondike Road is complete. Last month, renovations began on […]

Highlights from a travel year out of the comfort zone (excerpt)

posted on December 25th, 2018  |  Read more

By Susan R. Pollack for The Detroit News (excerpt) Outside Atlanta in Conyers, Georgia, I got a glimpse into the spiritual life of  Trappist monks while touring Monastery of the Holy Spirit, where prayer services are held seven times daily.  After admiring the Abbey Church, bonsai garden and monk-made stained glass, a stop in the gift shop […]

Historic Vaughters’ Barn renovation is completed

posted on December 13th, 2018  |  Read more

From On Common Ground News. Following a month of work, stabilization of historic Vaughters’ Barn – the iconic white-painted structure located off of Klondike Road in the city of Stonecrest – is complete. The building required significant renovations to fix years of wear and tear, the result of aging materials and the elements. Now that construction […]

Stabilization of Historic Vaughters’ Barn begins

posted on November 27th, 2018  |  Read more

From On Common Ground News Vaughters’ Barn, a former dairy farm that is part of Panola Mountain State Park and the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA), is currently undergoing renovations to stabilize the historic building. The project began at the end of October. Water damage, structural factors, and general wear and tear have led to […]