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.

Arabia Mountain in November

posted on December 14th, 2015  |  Read more

See the original blog post at Georgia Girl with an English Heart If you visit Arabia Mountain, you need to pay attention.  If you hike there, try to look carefully at everything around you.  And it would be good also to maintain silence so you won’t disturb the wildlife.  We saw a flock of cedar waxwings feeding on…you […]

Atlanta Trail’s Top 10 Fall Hikes

posted on December 4th, 2015  |  Read more

Our favorite fall hikes near Atlanta find autumn’s beauty on scenic mountain summits, shady river valleys and through vibrant, leaf covered forest.

Panola Mountain State Park lakes to be lowered for dam repairs

posted on November 30th, 2015  |  Read more

On Dec. 16, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin lowering both lakes at Panola Mountain State Park to perform inspections of 50-year-old earthen dams. The Upper Lake is expected to be re-filled once repairs can ensure the safety of the dam.

11 places to find Georgia’s best fall color

posted on October 12th, 2015  |  Read more

By now, most of us are a few football tailgates and a half-dozen pumpkin spice lattes into fall. But the woodlands of North Georgia are still mostly green, with hints of color in the understory. So says Leaf Watch, an online guide that allows you to plan your visit to one of Georgia’s state parks around maximal views of goldenrod, burgundy, […]

#DeKalbParksPics contest winners

posted on October 12th, 2015  |  Read more

See the original story from On Common Ground here. L-R: The winners were first place Clay Fisher, who shot at Arabia Mountain; the second place winner was Al Goggins, who shot at Exchange Park; and the third place winner, Stephanie Gilman, also shot at Arabia Mountain.     The DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks […]

15 DeKalb places you didn’t know you needed to see

posted on October 8th, 2015  |  Read more

Posted by the AJC; see the original article here. Some well-known tourist attractions, like Stone Mountain Park, are certainly worth visiting, but often the market, building or garden that captures an area best is under-the-radar. In DeKalb County, there are a few surprising spots you may be unaware of — unless, of course, you are […]

Your State Parks Day and Ice Cream Social

posted on October 5th, 2015  |  Read more

Over three-hundred volunteers signed up to help improve local greenspaces during one of the largest volunteer events in Metro Atlanta. To celebrate Your State Parks Day and National Public Lands Day, several impactful volunteer events were scheduled including planting native wildflowers, cleaning up riverbanks and removing harmful invasive plants from sensitive habitat. While rainy weather […]

Beyond the Beltline: Where to bike in Atlanta’s suburbs

posted on October 1st, 2015  |  Read more

Carolyn Cunninghamfor the AJC, original story here Cycling is becoming more than a hobby in metro Atlanta. With the temperature dropping, you might be thinking of hitting a bike path. A couple of reminders: Always wear your helmet and watch out for wildlife, especially snakes. Here are more safety rules from the International Mountain Biking […]

Open Spaces and Creative Minds

posted on September 24th, 2015  |  Read more

Sep 11, 2015, Atlanta Business Chronicle (excerpt) Nicole Bradford, Contributing Writer Just east of Atlanta lies the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, a 40,000-acre blend of historically and culturally significant features and calendar-worthy natural wonders. Among its many tourist draws are two unique spaces that often host workshops and retreats for organizations that are also […]