Explore the most popular trails in Panola Mountain State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This unusual park near Atlanta was created to protect a 100-acre granite monadnock (mountain) often compared to Stone Mountain and Arabia Mountain. Minimally developed, Panola Mountain shelters rare plants of the Piedmont region. Hikers may explore the parks watershed and granite outcrop on their own, or they may join park staff for guided hikes onto the restricted-access mountain. Children especially enjoy the interpretive center with animal exhibits. Due to its delicate ecological features, Panola Mountain was designated a National Natural Landmark, and pets are not allowed on most trails. Bicycles are allowed only on the paved PATH trail.

Nice trail great to take the kids there’s also a nature center and playground

wonderful little short hike with a great view of Panola mountain

nice easy hike. rock outcrop was pretty and so was the small stream. trails were well kept.

Nice little beginner trail to the overlook but you can not hike to the top unless you register a guide in advance. It is very nice to take an hour or two to hike. Concrete path to the overlook with smaller trail paths through the woods.

Good little trail. Didn’t know I was coming here so I didn’t have proper hiking shoes. But I always make time for a hike!

Excellent area with low traffic for biking or trail running.

Nice bike path, I guess. Not so for hiking...

Great place for an afternoon. The park has trails, jungle gyms and great paved path. Highly recommend for kids!

Verizon cellular service is intermittent up here. look out for snakes... that aside it's a nice walk with options to Branch off into the woods/quarry. stay mindful if you have a dog; the rock can burn his feet, even if it's not that hot to you outside. Beautiful scenery and friendly people.

Great trail, most foot traffic is near the Panola trail head after you ride out about 1.5 miles not many people walking mostly cyclist very quiet beautiful bridges over the creek connects with the Arabia trail

The rock outcropping offers a beautiful view and multiple flora can be seen thought this nature lovers trail.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Basic trials, lots of rules, dogs loved it though. Found some cool looking mushrooms. It was alright.

Monday, February 19, 2018

I enjoyed the trail, it offered beautiful views of the rock and the lichens growing on top. The path is well kept and marked, no easy way to get lost.

rock climbing
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Place is known for some small Bouldering adventures outside of ATL.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Nice and quiet early in the morning. Saw a hawk, Turkey vultures, granite outcrops and small stream.

It was cute! Not a real hike but still pretty and we climbed on some of the outcropping

Saturday, May 06, 2017

love these trails

Sunday, April 16, 2017

If you time it right the wildflowers are just amazing. Well worth your time and especially if you are in the area.

nice, easy trail. the watershed trail was closed until further notice, though.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nice easy trail with bike path and fishing

Monday, October 24, 2016

Easy trail with nice scenery.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Great views! Easy hike! My children love it.

It was okay. There wasn't really much to see on the route we took, but the exercise was good and the Pokemon Go signs were funny.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The park is a wonderful work in progress. Many improvements and a lot of history. The Park Rangers are very helpful, knowledgeable and passionate about their park. Beautiful view (on a clear day excluding most Georgia humid summer days) of Stone Mountain. Perfect place for anyone who loves geology. I'm a north Georgia girl but, my daughter and I were very pleased with our visit and hike.

mountain biking
Monday, May 23, 2016

We grabbed this park on our muddy spokes tour. It is paved and well maintained. It is a little more difficult than it lets on,as you have steep climbs and switchbacks that are occupied by hikers and families out enjoying the park mind your manners and be polite to all you meet.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

For young children or the elderly. Very boring might as well be walking on a side walk. Just go to Arabia Mountain.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

First off, the park is beautiful and is deserving of more than 3 stars. However, we paid to go camping a their "hike in" campsites and were extremely disappointed to find cars there - and they were Boy Scouts. Anyway, the campsites were actually fairly nice and the hike to them was not far at all. Unfortunately, they surround a pretty nasty looking pond (or black bog) that was a mosquito magnet. There was also a taped-off abandoned house right across from one side of the campgrounds - creepy. We decided not to stay and took off on a hike around the lake. We forked off onto what appeared to be a paved walking track that was not longer maintained that wound through a swampy area, eventually leading to an archery area on the backside of the lake. There was a picnic table there, so we dropped our packs and fixed lunch, then enjoyed a couple of hours in the neatly mowed, wide-open fields near the lake. Saw some deer and a limpkin in the swamp. The weather started out with the threat of rain, but cleared up and ended being sunny and very hot. Overall, the park is very nice. Lots of people fishing, walking, and running. I was very disappointed in the camping though...just not what I expected at all. I would definitely go back with my family under different circumstances and give it a higher rating.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

There are three trails here. One is called the Outcrop trail, very nice trail, great views of some of the local granite outcroppings in the area. The second is called the Watershed trail. This one is longer and has a chance to see more wildlife. My first time out, I came across a herd of deer, 3 stags and about a dozen does. Was only able to get one doe on camera. The third trail is on the mountain itself and you have to make reservations for that trail, details on the website

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