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.

Urban kids meet Mother Nature

posted on July 3rd, 2015  |  Read more

Pictures and Text by Joshua Smith Archery, climbing trees and hiking to the top of Panola Mountain are just some of the activities students of the South DeKalb Family YMCA are experiencing in the Arabia Mountain Heritage Alliance’s free camp this summer. The program, running June 22 to July 17, is a partnership between Arabia […]

Summer Family Bucket List

posted on July 2nd, 2015  |  Read more

Spend the summer exploring Georgia with these family-friendly destinations.Looking for summer family fun around Georgia? We have ideas for you spanning all the corners of the state, with overnight options to boot!  Historic Heartland Monastery of the Holy Spirit. Spend the day exploring the ground’s nature walks, learning about bonsai in the Garden Center, feeding […]

Rare plants thrive on monadnocks and outcrops

posted on April 27th, 2015  |  Read more

By Charles Seabrook – For the AJC Georgia’s rock outcrops and monadnocks — such as Stone Mountain, Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain in east Atlanta — appear to be harsh, barren landscapes, but they are superb natural treasures, where some of the world’s rarest and most unusual plants thrive. That was apparent last weekend when […]

Try these outdoor options for getting fit in Atlanta

posted on April 4th, 2015  |  Read more

Trade fluorescent lights for the real deal. Soak up the vitamin D and breathe in the fresh air as the sounds of nature provide the soundtrack to your fitness routine. The calming benefits of the outdoors may be that extra push you need to kick-start some good habits or sustain your healthy endeavors. If you […]

Monadnock Madness Hits the Metro Press

posted on April 4th, 2015  |  Read more

Mona-what? Monadnocks are special types of mountains formed when hard blobs of lava are compressed under the Earth’s crust. Now that the softer rock around the granite clumps has been eroded away, Georgians are treated to three amazing geological oddities right in their backyard. Stone, Panola, and Arabia Mountains are all monadnocks. Throughout the month […]

Atlanta Georgia Trails – Hike to the top of Arabia Mountain

posted on April 4th, 2015  |  Read more

If you’ve done the hike to the top of Stone Mountain, take your next step at nearby Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Arabia Mountain and Stone Mountain share much of the same look and feel – lots of boulders and outcrops, exposed tree roots and unique plant life on the mountain’s surface. Beyond those similarities, we discover that Arabia […]

6 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Outdoors in Georgia

posted on April 4th, 2015  |  Read more

Create classic romance, for your outdoorsy Valentine at one of these escapes. Plan a Picturesque Picnic Pack a blanket and carry a favorite meal to an overlook, for a charming change of scenery. Hike to a spacious wooden deck and a stunning view on Fort Mountain State Park‘s West Overlook Trail or take a more […]

Uncovering Family History

posted on January 22nd, 2015  |  Read more

Retracing African-American roots can prove difficult due to lack of documentation and incomplete records. However, many useful resources are available to help you track down your family history.

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