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.

Try The Trail: Ribbon Cutting and Kick Off Celebration!

posted on May 30th, 2014  |  Read more

Saturday, June 14th An exciting day of family-friendly activities along the Arabia Mountain PATH (AMP) from the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, to South Rockdale Community Park, and the City of Lithonia. At each Rockdale trailhead, kids can play a fun scavenger hunt and throughout the day everyone can play Trail Treasures to earn a one of a […]

“Try the Trail” Month-Long Trail Celebration

posted on May 20th, 2014  |  Read more

Just 20 minutes from Atlanta a stunning 30-mile PATH hike/bike trail system has just been completed! Come discover it for yourself during our month-long celebration! We’ve got free bike rentals, archery, wellness classes and more!

NHA sites named AJC best picnic spots

posted on April 12th, 2013  |  Read more

Fresh air, amazing landscapes, and cool shady spots abound in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. No wonder the AJC named it the best place in metro Atlanta to picnic in nature! They recommended visiting the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Panola Mountain State Park to find the perfect place to relax and enjoy some […]

New Home Needed; Shallow Pit Preferred

posted on March 15th, 2013  |  Read more

Finding a new home for an endangered plant species isn’t easy. Especially when that tiny plant prefers to live in a cozy pool on a granite monadnock. In early December, Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve began an excavation to create new granite pool habitats for two critically imperiled plant species: the federally threatened pool sprite (Amphianthus […]

New PATH Open For Adventure

posted on March 15th, 2013  |  Read more

Curves ahead! New PATH features a serpentine bridge, plenty of hills, and gorgeous views. For several years, the Arabia Mountain/South River/Rockdale River PATH Trail system has terminated at the beautiful Alexander Lake Trailhead in Panola Mountain State Park. Those who regularly ride this trail have enjoyed the scenery, restrooms, and other amenities associated with one […]

Down and Dirty at the Lyon Farm

posted on December 6th, 2012  |  Read more

A shard of pottery or a rusted nail – to some it may be junk but to an archaeologist, it’s a treasure that might yield clues about people long gone. To hunt for these tidbits, The Alliance and The Georgia Historic Preservation Division hosted dozens of volunteers during public archaeology days. The historic Lyon Farm, DeKalb […]

Lithonia Rocks! – An Expedition

posted on December 6th, 2012  |  Read more

Granite relics, historic homesteads and spiritual sanctuaries were showcased at the first Arabia Mountain Expedition entitled “Lithonia Rocks.”  The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation organized the day-long tour for more than 80 curious explorers.  Highlights of the day included tours of private homes and gardens and personal discussions with artisans, designers and historians. The November […]

AMNHA named “Great Place”

posted on January 30th, 2012  |  Read more

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area is pleased to be the recipient of the inaugural “Great Place” award by the Atlanta Regional Commission annual Development of Excellence awards.

Heritage Area subject of “Georgia Outdoors”

posted on November 14th, 2011  |  Read more

It’s difficult to sum up a place as vast and diverse as the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area in a neat package, but Sharon Collins from “Georgia Outdoors” on Georgia Public Broadcasting has managed.

Monastery featured on “Where in Georgia?”

posted on November 14th, 2011  |  Read more

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit was featured on 11Alive’s “Where in Georgia?” segment.  Ted Hall spent some time getting to know the monks and learning how they spend their day. They start at 4am so Ted and his crew had to get there early.  Don’t forget, you can visit the Monastery too – but […]

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