Arabia Mountain Top Trail
Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views.
It’s incredibly beautiful, and easily one of our favorite adventure destinations in metro Atlanta. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area covers massive fields of exposed granite, multiple lakes, and two weather-worn granite mountains, and boasts more than 30 miles of fantastic hiking, walking and running trails.
This hike on the Arabia Mountain Top Trail is one of the park’s most popular, climbing to a crater-dappled summit to catch stunning 360-degree panoramic views. While the trail’s length is relatively short, it’s a beautiful, view-packed, kid-friendly hiking adventure that’s seemingly worlds away from the nearby metro sprawl of concrete and traffic.
Arabia is stunning in every season: abundant wildflowers soak up the sun in spring, water pools collect on the summit in summer, autumn’s showy leaf color paints the summit’s wide-open vistas in fall, and the mountain’s chilly, wind-swept summit offers stunning views in winter. This trail has quickly become one of our go-to spots for an escape near Atlanta, with a generous dose of natural (and almost unworldly) beauty.
Arabia Mountain Top Trail: the hike
The hike departs from the Arabia Mountain trailhead off Klondike Road (view maps and driving directions), trekking eastbound and climbing gently through vast fields of exposed granite, pockets of wildflowers and a fragrant coniferous forest.
Cairns, tall cemented piles of rock, mark the trail in this rock-dominated landscape. Please protect Arabia’s unique ecology and stay on the cairn-marked trail: many tiny, fragile lichen and plants thrive at Arabia Mountain, and they’re easily crushed underfoot.
At .35 mile, the Arabia Mountain Top Trail arcs north, continuing to follow the trail cairns and beginning the climb to the summit. Scarce pockets of wind-swept trees and scattered clusters of wildflowers and grasses dot the rocky landscape. The mountain’s barren surface is weather-worn, and wide open, with rutted channels left by millennia of water erosion and runoff.
Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail after a rain shower to see the barren granite mountaintop transform into a beautiful array of shallow, water-filled pools. These water-filled craters reflect the wide, open cloudscape above and feed moisture to the otherwise barren landscape of grasses and vibrant plant life on Arabia’s slopes.
At .6 mile, the hike crests elevation on Arabia Mountain, grabbing outstanding, 360-degree panoramic views from the summit, 180 feet above Arabia Lake in the forested valley below.
Departing the summit, the hike retraces its outbound steps to the trailhead, completing the view-packed hike at 1.3 miles.
More adventures in the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
Have energy left? Hike the blue-blazed Arabia Mountain View Trail, which departs from this same trailhead, for more scenic Arabia Mountain beauty, catching reflections of the mountain in a glassy lake. Or up for even more mileage? Explore beautiful forest, the Arabia Mountain Lake, the Klondike Boardwalk, and the Arabia Mountain summit on the 5-mile hike on Arabia Mountain’s most popular and scenic trails.
The incredibly scenic Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, including nearby Panola Mountain State Park, has recently opened over 30 miles of meandering, beautiful PATH Foundation trails. Catch a great run or bike on the nearby, paved Panola Mountain PATH Trail and Alexander Lake PATH Trail, exploring Panola Mountain’s beautiful landscapes and a glassy lake. And check out our Arabia Mountain trail guide for more adventure inspiration in one of Atlanta’s favorite outdoor destinations.