A Sea of Yellow
The daisies are done – for now. Come back next year!
Daisy Days 2021 is finished. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Surround yourself in a sea of daisies as you hike Atlanta’s Monadnocks this September. Hike three mountains this month and earn a special prize. Hop on the trail to discover these remarkable plants that bring brilliance to bare rock.
It’s easy to participate and earn your prize. Visit three of the parks below and snap a picture of the daisies (selfies encouraged, but not required) at each park you visit. Then, send your snaps to us via an online passport (click here to fill out yours).
- Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
- Panola Mountain State Park
- Stone Mountain Park
Access to Panola Mountain is only available via guided hike. You can get more information on hike availability by contacting the park at 770-389-7801. You can still participate in the Triple Hike Challenge by visiting the park’s Nature Center and extensive trail system.
Come back in September for the next Daisy Days hiking challenge.
All About Daisies
Technically a sunflower species, the yellow daisies (Helianthus porteri) are native to the rock outcrops of the Southeastern United States, especially in the granite formations of the Georgia Piedmont region. The metro-Atlanta area has a high concentration of this sunflower species, which bloom on our massive granite mountains. While these rock outcrops seem barren, especially during the scorching summers, fall and winter see a profusion of wildflowers grow out of patches of thin soil called “solution pits.” Daisy Days is an opportunity to celebrate the botanical bounty growing on the rock outcrops (also called “monadnocks”) as autumn begins.