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Seldom-Explored Hidden Gems of Arabia Mountain & Panola Mountain
|Event Location:||~20 mi E of Atlanta near Lithonia, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, May 15 2018 9:00 am >> Tue, May 15 2018 3:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, May 10 2018 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, May 15 2018 6:00 am|
|Event Duration:||6 Hours|
|Difficulty Rating:||D4: Moderate to Difficult|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
Weather Update: Tuesday's "spot forecast" for the Arabia-Panola vicinity expects only very light showers (about 1/10 of an inch likely between 9AM & 3PM) - but we'll have comfortable hiking temperatures in the 70s and still intend to go ahead with the event. I suggest that we each simply carry a lightweight poncho, compact umbrella, etc. and use if needed - also be sure to wear comfortable hiking boots or shoes that have a good rubber tread. - reposted by Charlie, Monday night
MORE about the two PARKS and their TRAILS & FEATURES: Arabia and Panola both offer a huge network of hiking trails through hundreds of acres of scenic terrain that includes rocky outcrops and summits, shady forests and open meadows. With free parking and entrance year-round, DeKalb County's Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve has several beautiful trails that are often overlooked or "taken for granite." :>) One is the blue-blazed "Mountain View" trail that loops around a pretty lake just beyond the twin rocky Arabia summits, and another is the "Mile Rock" trail to another lake. If time permits at we'll include hike to an old farm on Arabia parkland whose meadow s higher than its "twin summits" and has a nice view of them. While rounding out the day after caravaning to Panola Mtn State Park we'll enjoy lots of "gems" there including the Rock Outcrop Trail which boasts an amazing view of Stone Mountain (with Panola Mtn in the foreground) and a high rocky "cave" adjoining the new PATH trail. At both parks we'll stop occasionally at scenic spots along the way to observe birds & wildlife, take photos and discuss some of the rare native flora that thrive on the rocky outcrops.
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FASCINATING "MONADNOCK" GEOLOGY! Like their nearby "big sister," Stone Mountain, the hundreds of acres of exposed rock "outcrop" at Arabia Mountain and Panola Mountain are remnants of huge globules of molten rock that bubbled up deep inside the earth 300 to 400 million years ago. The igneous globules cooled and hardened and their tops were eventually revealed as miles of softer layers of earth and rock eroded away above them. All three mountains are called "monadnocks" - the geologic term for such ancient granitic igneous domes.
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DIRECTIONS from the I-20/ I-285 INTERCHANGE on ATLANTA'S East Side: (The Arabia Mtn Nature Center is about an 8-mile drive from this interchange. For a zoomable map or satellite view of our Arabia meetup spot click the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article. )
GPS and MAPS.GOOGLE.com users: To augment the above verbal directions you can enter as your destination address the following Arabia Mtn Nature Center street address or its concise Lat/Lon coordinates:
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Free Event, with free parking at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and a $5 parking fee at Panola Mtn State Park for vehicles that don't display a valid annual GA Dept. of Natural Resources parking pass.
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