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.

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 […]

Hiking Trail Review: Arabia Mountain

posted on September 7th, 2015  |  Read more

By Julia Wayne · On September 2, 2015 for Georgia Followers Read the full story here. For metro Atlanta residents looking to take advantage of state parks close to the city, Arabia Mountain is a great place to start. Similar to Stone Mountain, Arabia offers an easy hike on a granite incline but with far […]

Atlanta waterfalls: our top 10 favorite hikes near Atlanta

posted on September 7th, 2015  |  Read more

See the original article by   Hike to Atlanta’s most scenic falls on our top 10 favorite waterfall trails near Atlanta. (They may be no match for the towering cascades of North Georgia – but they’re beautiful and well worth the hike!) Arabia Mountain Cascade Trail Looking for instant gratification? This is your hike! […]

5 Reasons We Love Atlanta’s DeKalb (and you should too)

posted on August 31st, 2015  |  Read more

by Matthew Smith Everyone has their favorite reason for loving Atlanta’s DeKalb. For some people it’s grabbing a bite at their favorite restaurant in Downtown Decatur, for others it’s catching their favorite local band in East Atlanta Village. We decided to compile a list of our Top 5 Reasons We Love Atlanta’s DeKalb (and you […]

Own a Piece of History

posted on August 26th, 2015  |  Read more

A secret passageway, shaded gardens, and expansive covered porches are just some of the highlights of the historic Johnson House. For the first time, this exceptional gem is for sale. Built in 1856 for a local merchant, the house and gardens sit in the heart of downtown Lithonia within the AMNHA. The setting is perfect […]

County leaders take bus tour of southeast DeKalb

posted on August 24th, 2015  |  Read more

Mark NiesseThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionFull article here.  DeKalb commissioners and its CEO piled into a MARTA bus Friday for a tour of the southeastern portion of the county, the area that had lacked full representation until Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson was elected last month. The county’s government leaders saw vacant land ripe for development, parks, industrial areas, […]

The best ways to float Atlanta’s rivers and lakes

posted on August 12th, 2015  |  Read more

Eric ChamplinFor the AJC The dog days of summer are here – but don’t let the scorching temperatures and high humidity keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Beat the heat and explore the metro area’s scenic outdoors in a new way: kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at one of Atlanta’s nearby lakes or rivers. […]

7 ways to adventure at Arabia Mountain

posted on August 4th, 2015  |  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.