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.

11 free Georgia nature centers you need to visit

posted on July 6th, 2015  |  Read more

Lesli Petersonfor The AJC Nature centers and preserves offer peaceful respites for exploring the forest, cooling off in streams, watching wildlife and participating in educational adventures. While every nature center around Atlanta harbors secret treasures and abundant wonders, exploring is made all the better when admission is free! Here are 11 nature centers around Atlanta […]

What To Do In Atlanta This Summer, So You Can Enjoy The Southern Heat In Style

posted on July 6th, 2015  |  Read more

ANNA PARSONS for BUSTLE  Best Place To Have Fun By Foot   Just based on looks alone, Arabia Mountain is comparable to a casual trip to outer space. The seemingly barren granite terrain is actually teeming with endangered plant species, and it’s located only 30 minutes from the Atlanta city limits by car. When you’re tired of walking, […]

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 […]