Sneak “Peak”: Madness 2016

Just 30 minutes east of Atlanta, you can see vernal pools, snorkelwort, and diamorpha at our local monadnocks. In March, you can experience these unique places firsthand through guided hikes and events at Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountains. Visit all three parks during the month, and you’ll earn a special souvenir that you can wear as a badge of honor.

This hiking adventure is sponsored by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance in partnership with the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Panola Mountain State Park, and Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

Planning is still underway for the fourth annual Monadnock Madness, but many exciting events are already locked down! Some of the most popular events are listed below, but remember, the Triple Hike Challenge and the photography classes require a reservation. 

Triple Hike Challenge

Ready, steady, GO! Climb Stone, Arabia, and Panola Mountains all in one unforgettable day! We’ve set up a fast-paced schedule that will allow you to conquer each peak while learning about the incredible ecosystems of each monadnock along the way. You’ll be treated to insider information from local tour guides, a snack break, and a surprise souvenir! As a special treat, you can even watch the sunset from the top of Panola Mountain and end the day by roasting marshmallows around a campfire during the March 5, 19, and 20 hikes. This event sold out in one day last year so get your tickets now!


Tuesday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 5, 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (sunset hike)
Saturday, March 19, 2:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (sunset hike)
Sunday, March 20, 2:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (sunset hike)
Thursday, March 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Landscape, Micro, and Wildlife Photography Class

During an exciting day you’ll visit three metro monadnocks to learn different photography techniques in unique landscapes. In this small, personal class, you’ll be taught by Larry Winslett, an expert nature photographer who has chronicled the natural world in many parts of North America. You must RSVP to save your spot!


Sunday, March 6 9:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday, March 19 9:30am – 4:30pm

Reptile Day

Did you know that hognose snakes “play dead” when they’re afraid? Learn about and meet dozens of fascinating reptiles and amphibians from our own backyards and around the world. Meet specialists and members of the Georgia Reptile Society and Georgia Herpetological Society.  Learn all the details here!

Saturday, March 12

Want to learn even more about Monadnock Madness? Get all the info here!