Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views.
The Arabia Mountain National Heritage area covers massive fields of exposed granite, multiple lakes, and two weather-worn granite mountains just east of Atlanta, and boasts more than 30 miles of fantastic hiking, walking and running trails.
The Arabia Mountain Top Trail is one of the park’s most popular hiking trails, ascending to a crater-dappled summit for stunning 360-degree views. And while the trail’s length is relatively short, it’s a scenic, view-packed, kid-friendly hiking adventure that’s seemingly worlds away from nearby metro Atlanta.
Departing the trailhead (view maps and driving directions), the Arabia Mountain Top Trail hikes east, climbing gently through vast fields of exposed granite, pockets of wildflowers and a predominantly coniferous forest.
The trail is marked in this rock-dominated landscape by tall, cemented piles of rock, called cairns. Keep to the trail: there are many tiny, fragile lichen and plants that thrive at Arabia Mountain that are easily crushed underfoot – so please protect Arabia’s unique ecology and stay on the cairn-marked trail.
At .35 mile, the Arabia Mountain Top Trail arcs north, continuing to follow the trail cairns and beginning a climb to the mountain’s summit. Other than a few pockets of wind-swept trees and scattered clusters of wildflowers and grasses, the mountain’s landscape is almost entirely weather-worn, bare rock in this section of the trail.
Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail after a rain to see the barren granite landscape 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 at Arabia Mountain’s summit, grabbing outstanding, 360-degree panoramic views from the peak which rises 180 feet above Arabia Lake in the forested valley below.
Departing the summit, the hike retraces its steps to the trailhead, completing at 1.3 miles. Have more energy? 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.
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. Looking for a great run, bike or hike on a nearby paved trail? The Panola Mountain PATH Trail and Alexander Lake PATH Trail explore Panola Mountain’s beautiful landscapes and a glassy pond near Arabia Mountain.
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