Daisy Days: Coming Soon!

Daisy Days: Coming Soon!

Published: Aug 12, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Featured, Field Notes   |   No Comments

Photo: Phil Varney The daisies are blooming on Metro Atlanta’s granite giants – Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains all harbor these beautiful flowers every fall, and this year is no exception. Since we can’t hold our normal group guided hikes, we are moving Daisy Days online! The rules are simple: starting on September 1, hike […]

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Bridging the PATH: Henry County Trail Under Construction

Bridging the PATH: Henry County Trail Under Construction

Published: Aug 11, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, News, Trails, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

In January, the Arabia Alliance, the PATH Foundation, Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites and Henry County Government broke ground on an exciting new phase of the popular Arabia Mountain PATH trail system: an extension into Henry County! We recently completed a major step in the construction of the PATH by installing a bridge across […]

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The Dentist and the Daredevils

The Dentist and the Daredevils

Published: Aug 7, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

The thriving music scene, beauty pageants, stock car races and community events of the Lithonia Speedway and Country Club were intimately connected to the wealth and prosperity of one of America’s most historic Black neighborhoods: Sweet Auburn. In spite of segregation and disenfranchisement, Sweet Auburn was home to a thriving community of African-American businesses, places […]

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Speedway and Stockcars

Speedway and Stockcars

Published: Aug 3, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Historic Sites, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

The roar of engines and the screams of excited fans filled the air at the Lithonia Speedway, a dirt track where drivers raced and people made merry just north of downtown Lithonia. Before the rise of modern NASCAR, segregated racing leagues operated throughout the South, including at the Lithonia Speedway. The Atlanta Stock Car Club […]

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Is the National Heritage Area Open?

Is the National Heritage Area Open?

Published: Aug 3, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

COVID-19 has impacted parks and sites throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Check out our answers to all of your questions below! What’s open, and what’s closed? Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) is CLOSED.  Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is OPEN. Please note that public programs are cancelled and Nature Center is closed, however. […]

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Outdoors for All: An Interview with Latinxhikers Co-Founder Luz Lituma

Outdoors for All: An Interview with Latinxhikers Co-Founder Luz Lituma

Published: Jul 22, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Culture & Community, Field Notes, Uncategorized   |   No Comments

Latinxhikers hike participants on top of Arabia Mountain. Photo: Chris Restrepo. Latinxhikers is an organization devoted to diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. We sat down with Co-Founder Luz Lituma (the other Co-Founder is Adriana Garcia) after a hike and talked about the organization, what they do, and why they love Arabia Mountain. Arabia Alliance: […]

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Swingin’ and Singin’: The Music of the Lithonia Country Club

Swingin’ and Singin’: The Music of the Lithonia Country Club

Published: Jul 16, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Culture & Community, Early Settlement, Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

The Lithonia Country Club, now gone, was an important part of African-American life in the Atlanta area during of the 20th century. This music venue and gathering place hosted musicians who have now become iconic parts of American history: Little Richard, B. B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Elmore James, and many more. According to some performers, […]

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Family Photography at Arabia Mountain

Family Photography at Arabia Mountain

Published: Jul 16, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Photo by Kristina Sv Photography (@kristinasvphotography). Thanks Kristina! Are you a professional photographer looking for great photo sites, or a family wanting to get photos to remember? Arabia Mountain and Vaughters’ Barn, especially, are popular for photoshoots. These shoots do require a permit from park rangers, so we’ve put together this infographic to answer any […]

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From B. B. King to Beauty Queens

From B. B. King to Beauty Queens

Published: Jul 2, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

At a dirt-floored dance hall far from the bustling streets of Atlanta, people raced, reveled and made merry. This place was the Lithonia Speedway and the accompanying Country Club, tucked into the rural expanse outside of downtown Lithonia. During the mid-1900’s, the Club and Speedway were a center of Black entertainment in the Atlanta area, […]

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National Park Sites in Atlanta and Beyond

National Park Sites in Atlanta and Beyond

Published: Jul 2, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes   |   No Comments

Summer is here, and the outdoors have proven to be a safe place to get out of the house and take a breath of fresh air, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, there are a variety of National Parks open around Atlanta and beyond, not to mention Georgia’s wonderful State Parks. Here […]

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Is Arabia Mountain Open?

Is Arabia Mountain Open?

Published: Jul 1, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Featured, Field Notes   |   No Comments

Cover photo from @ladyphotosmith on Instagram.  COVID-19 has impacted parks and sites throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Check out our answers to all of your questions below! What’s open, and what’s closed? Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE) is CLOSED.  Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is OPEN. Please note that public programs are cancelled […]

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Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives

Volunteering at Flat Rock Archives

Published: Jun 25, 2020   |   Author: Zack Loehle   |   Category: Field Notes, Historic Sites   |   No Comments

On Juneteenth, we joined Flat Rock Archives Co-Founder and President Johnny Waits for a virtual tour of the Flat Rock Historic Cemetery. Flat Rock is one of the oldest Black communities in Georgia, with a history of resilience that stretches before the Civil War. If you missed our virtual visit, no worries! You can catch […]

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