Explore the National Heritage Area’s monadnocks and discover rare plants thriving in the unlikeliest of places. Discover the Flat Rock Archives, which preserves the history of one of the oldest African-American communities in Georgia or walk and bike down the Arabia Mountain PATH, a paved, 33+ mile trail that connects sites throughout the National Heritage Area.
What is a National Heritage Area?
National Heritage Areas are places where history, cultural and natural wonders intersect with everyday places where people live and work.
What is the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area?
The Arabia Mountain NHA spans 40,000 acres of the Georgia Piedmont, encompassing powerful historic sites, beautiful greenspace and two massive granite outcrops (called “monadnocks”). Explore a landscape that has taken 400 million years to form.
What is the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance?
The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance is a group of volunteers and staff who work to promote and preserve the natural, scenic, cultural and historic resources within the Heritage Area. The nonprofit was named in the 2006 Congressional legislation to coordinate and oversee the activities of the Heritage Area.
What is the AMNHA Management Plan?
The AMNHA operates under a community-created management plan that defines the significant historic, natural and cultural sites and how they can be shared with the public. It serves as a guideline for the activities of the Alliance and defines our partnership. The National Park Service requires that every Heritage Area complete a Management Plan.
What about native species?
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area contains a variety of natural wonders – giving you the opportunity to see rare plants and exciting wildlife as you explore.
What kind of plants can I see?
The National Heritage Area is home to acres of secondary growth forest, meaning forest that is returning after the land has been cleared (in this case, for past agriculture). The National Heritage Area has a mix of pine and hardwood forest spread throughout the greenspace and includes beautiful flowering plants, as well as, riparian vegetation.
Who are the Heritage Area Partners?
The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance helps to coordinate activities within the Heritage Area, but many partners from county governments to local nonprofits provide the services, maintain the parks, build trails and conduct tours.