From November 8-10, Panola Mountain State Park will be closed for its annual deer hunt. All trailheads in the park will be inaccessible, including sections of the 34-mile PATH trail that run throughout the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area and through the State Park. These measures ensure the safety and success of the deer hunt.
Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites undertakes planned deer hunts within State Parks in order to manage the deer population.
“Managed deer hunts help promote a healthy ecosystem by preventing overgrazing and overpopulation of the deer. Lowing the deer population also lowers the chance of disease in the herd. This is an excellent opportunity for the park to improve the health of the overall ecosystem and allow it to stay as pristine as it has been for hundreds of years,” said Lesley Mobley, Park Manager at Panola Mountain State Park.
Other trailheads along the Arabia Mountain PATH system, including in Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve (north of the State Park) and along the South River in Rockdale County (south of the State Park), will remain open for recreation.
Panola Mountain State Park trails will be open again beginning on Nov. 11 at 7am.
Photo at top: Jim Fawns