Fields, forests, wetlands and streams

Granite ecosystems and natural wonders are the basis for the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Fields, forests, wetlands and streams are host to a diversity of trees, shrubs, mosses, lichens and flowers. Some of these are only found in the Heritage Area. Pools of water explode with color on the granite outcrops creating a fireworks display of nature. The starting points for most nature explorations in the Heritage Area are at Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve or at Panola Mountain State Park.  Both offer guided hikes and the opportunity for passive and active recreation.

Apr 7, 2021
How to Hike at Arabia Mountain

Did you know that Arabia Mountain is home to fragile ecosystems and species found almost nowhere else on earth? That includes a variety of rare and endangered plants, species like Diamorpha,...

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Leave No Trace at Arabia Mountain
Nov 12, 2020
Leave No Trace at Arabia Mountain

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs and the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance have launched a “Leave No Trace” campaign to urge visitors to the Davidson-Arabia Mountain...

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Natural History of Stone Mountain
Aug 21, 2020
Natural History of Stone Mountain

While not in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Stone Mountain is the most prominent example of the monadnock ecosystem in the Atlanta area. Monadnocks – large outcrops of rock that...

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Best Spring Hikes for Every Level
Apr 10, 2016
Best Spring Hikes for Every Level

Spring brings warmer temps, longer days, flowering forests and fantastic hiking weather. Hike our top ten favorite Spring hikes in Georgia to waterfalls, wildflowers and stunning summit...

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Red Carpet Ready
Mar 24, 2015
Red Carpet Ready

Your local monadnocks are decked out in red this spring, so now is the perfect time to see this yearly spectacle! Diamorpha may be only a few inches tall, but it makes up for its size with profusion...

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Dramatic Diamorpha
Apr 3, 2014
Dramatic Diamorpha

Local monadnocks are rolling out the red carpet for you in April. Once each year a rare plant, diamorpha smallii, turns an eye-catching red before donning pure, white flowers. Although it is only a...

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New Home Needed; Shallow Pit Preferred
Mar 15, 2013
New Home Needed; Shallow Pit Preferred

Finding a new home for an endangered plant species isn’t easy. Especially when that tiny plant prefers to live in a cozy pool on a granite monadnock. In early December, Davidson-Arabia Mountain...

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Granite ecosystems and natural wonders are the basis for the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area.