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MONADNOCK #3 - Panola Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Panola Mountain State Park   Hike: MONADNOCK #3 - Panola Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Dec 21 2019  8:30 am >> Sat, Dec 21 2019 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Dec 12 2019 7:07 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Dec 20 2019 7:07 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6.7 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:7
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


DISCLAIMER: This is a guided, exploratory hike. In other words, although we have a guide, I (like you) will learn about the trail as we go! Also, there is a $10 charge per person for the hike - payable in cash to the Panola State Park staff. That said...

WHAT: Get your pre-Holiday season workout done early this year on this approximately 5.7 mile traipse through the winter wonderland of the State Park to the summit of the 3rd Monadnock in the area: Panola Mountain. I am given to understand that the hike, led by a State Park staff member, will be at a moderate pace over the distance, with some stops along the way to point out the unique flora and fauna of the area. Once at the summit, we'll tag the geo-marker, catch our breath, take some photos, and then head back to the parking lot.

Although most of the hike is along wooded trails, we do walk over several patches of exposed granite which can be fun and dangerous at the same time. Please make sure you wear appropriate footwear with good traction so that you can tackle the (sometimes) slick granite. 

WHERE: We'll meet in front of the Panola Mountain State Park Nature Center office, near the start of the trail. For a detailed map of the Park, go here:

WHEN: The hike will start promptly at 9:00 AM so plan to arrive by 8:45 for introductions and (if necessary) a run to the potty.


1. Unless you have a GA Park Pass, there is a $5 State Parks parking fee payable at the entry kiosk

2. There is a $10 per person charge for this hike, payable to the Park Staff.

Required Items to Bring:

• Comfortable shoes with good traction
• 1 to 2 liters of water or sports drink
• Packed lunch and/or Trail snacks

Recommended Items to Bring:
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• Camera
• Poncho or rain jacket in case of rain
• Walking poles
• Sunscreen

How to Get There:
Event Directions:


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Panola Mountain State Park


2620 Georgia 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA 30281


33.630526, -84.171988


Once inside the Park, pass the entrance kiosk, drive straight past the picnic areas and playground to the Nature Center and park in that parking lot. We'll meet inside the main office of the Nature Center

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: For more information about Panola Mountain Park, go to:


This is a rain or shine hike, however, in case of severe weather or other emergencies, I will email all event participants no later than 6 AM on the morning of the event. Please check your email at that time to ensure that we are still on schedule for the day!

Finally, please note: AOC prohibits members or non-members who have NOT signed up and been approved for the hike/event, from attending the hike/event. 

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

I get it: Life happens! However, if it does happen to you a few hours before this hike, please text or email me so that I can remove you from the list and make your place available to someone else.