original article by the Rockdale Citizen
On Dec. 16, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin lowering both lakes at Panola Mountain State Park to perform inspections of 50-year-old earthen dams. The Upper Lake is expected to be re-filled once repairs can ensure the safety of the dam. Plans for the Lower Lake are contingent on assessment results. Fishing will still be allowed during this time period; however anglers should exercise caution on muddy banks.
Just 15 minutes southeast of Atlanta, Panola Mountain State Park offers picnic areas, playgrounds, a visitor center, archery range, and more than 25 miles of hiking and biking trails. Panola Mountain is a National Natural Landmark similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Reservations are required for ranger-led hikes to the mountain that teach about the rare plants and animals found in this habitat.
Panola Mountain State Park is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, a partnership among the State of Georgia, DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and numerous communities and public-private partners. As one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state, the park’s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition
For more information, call the park office at 770-389-7801 or the DNR’s region office at 706-557-3017.