As we head into the new year, the outdoors are as important as ever for mental health, physical fitness, and enjoying Georgia’s natural beauty. We love that people are coming out and enjoying the National Heritage Area – here’s how to do it while protecting nature and avoiding crowds! As the two main lots (the AWARE lot at 4158 Klondike Road and the Nature Center lot at 3787 Klondike Road) fill quickly, here are a few convenient alternative parking locations that may allow you to see places you might not have visited otherwise. Don’t worry – you can still access Arabia Mountain from all of these trailheads!
The Nature Preserve is most crowded on the weekends, and we encourage you to consider visiting us on weekdays in order to avoid crowds.
All trailheads are connected by the Arabia Mountain PATH trail system.
Right by the mountain:
1. Vaughters’ Farm Lot (3366 Klondike Road) Just up the road from the Nature Center, Vaughters’ Farm is one of the last dairy farm landscapes remaining in DeKalb County, though it was once the state’s capital of dairy farming.
2. Polebridge Trailhead (6262 Browns Mill Road) This is another trailhead with easy access to the beautiful forests of the Nature Preserve.
A little further off:
4. South Rockdale Community Park (3909 East Fairview Road SW) Another connection point to the paved Arabia Mountain PATH trail, the South Rockdale Community Park includes trails that run through forest and along the South River.
There is also an overflow parking lot on Rockland Road on some weekends – keep an eye out for signs!
Check out some more of our parking areas here. See you on the trails!