Atlanta TrailsbyTrailful Outdoor Co

The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area spans hundreds of scenic acres just east of Atlanta, from breathtaking mountain summits and wildlife-filled grassy meadows to small, glassy lakes and wide-open fields of rock and boulders. The NHA includes two of our favorite hiking, running, and cycling destinations, Panola Mountain State Park and Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve. Despite its location just minutes east of downtown Atlanta, this is one fantastic destination for outdoor exploration, seemingly worlds away from the nearby urban cityscape.

Arabia Mountain’s massive exposed granite faces reveal its history as a quarry: cut granite slabs, drilled cores, and abandoned structures scatter along the mountain’s many trails. Today, Arabia is a serene world of exposed granite punctuated by lakes, wetlands, grassy meadows, and young forests. It’s one of the most popular hiking areas in metro Atlanta, and makes for a great urban escape.

Unlike its nearby neighbor, Panola Mountain was spared from granite production and is now home to a stunning, fragile ecosystem of rare plants, mosses, and lichens. And while access to the actual Panola Mountain summit is usually restricted, hikers can explore this beautiful landscape by way of a guide-led twilight tour.

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Arabia Mountain & Panola Mountain trails: our favorite hikes

Throughout the National Heritage Area, over 30 miles of paved and unpaved trails wind through rugged mountain summits and wetlands, exploring diverse lichens and mosses, flowers and trees, and wildlife habitats. These are our favorite hiking, running and cycling trails at these two mountains, and they’re all equally worthy of an afternoon of exploration. If you’re in the area with energy – and daylight – to burn, combine two or more trails to explore this park’s incredible diversity of sights and landscapes.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.