Hike the Arabia Mountain Top Trail through massive exposed granite fields and past shallow basins of rare plants, climbing to stunning summit views.

georgia hiking trails: 0-2 miles 1.3 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
georgia hiking trails: moderaterelatively
moderate
?Our difficulty estimate, based on distance, terrain, elevation change, & ease of wayfinding. May vary daily due to weather, trail reroutes, downed trees, etc.
georgia hiking trails: dog-friendly Dog-
friendly
?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:Arabia Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia

GEAR: REI Flash 18 Backpack, our hiking gear list and Canon 6D Camera

WEAR: Our ultra-soft Atlanta Trails shirts and mountain logo hats

RATED: 4.8/5 (4 reviews)

It’s incredibly beautiful, and easily one of our favorite adventure destinations in metro Atlanta. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area covers enormous fields of exposed granite, several glassy 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 Mountain Top Trail: hike to an enormous, open, sun-drenched summit just minutes east of Atlanta, GA

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.

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Arabia Mountain Top Trail: the hike

The hike departs from the park’s 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 on the mountain, and they crush easily underfoot.

Arabia Mountain Top Trail: hike through wide-open granite fields, cratered pockets of wildflowers and windswept grasses near Atlanta

At just under a half mile, the trail arcs to the north, continuing to follow the trail cairns and beginning the climb to the summit. Small clusters 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 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 reaches the mountain’s summit, catching outstanding, 360-degree panoramic views from the summit, 180 feet above Arabia Lake in the forested valley below.

Hike to the Arabia Mountain summit near Atlanta, exploring a cratered mountaintop filled with shallow, reflective pools and rare plant life

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 daylight and energy left, and ready to explore some more Arabia beauty? Hike the blue-blazed Mountain View Trail, which departs from this same trailhead and catches reflections of the mountain in a glassy lake. Or up for even more mileage? Explore beautiful forest, a lake, a winding boardwalk, and the mountain’s summit on our favorite 5-mile hike on Arabia’s most popular and scenic trails.

This incredibly scenic 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.


Arabia Mountain Top Trail Map, Directions & Details

Trails and routes may change – so please refer to official trail maps for the latest route.

Trail Rating

RATED: 4.8/5 (4 reviews)

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This trail is maintained thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and donations from supporters of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. Please support them by making a donation or joining a volunteer day. Let's work together to keep these fantastic trails maintained and open for use!

Updates

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Driving Directions



Parking

Free parking is available at the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area trailhead on Klondike Road.


GPS Coordinates

33.660294, -84.123704     //     N33 39.618 W84 07.422

Elevation Profile

Arabia Mountain Trail Elevation Profile
 
 
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Eric Champlin
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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.