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.

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.

8 places to have outdoor adventures around Atlanta

posted on July 10th, 2015  |  Read more

Eileen Falkenberg-Hullfor The AJC Whether you’re going with friends or taking the kids, the Atlanta area has outdoor adventures you’ll want to add to your calendar. The Atlanta area is full of reasons to get up off your couch and have some fun. These eight adventure ideas are only the tip of the iceberg. Hike a monadnock at […]

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 […]