Explore a land that has taken 400 million years to form. The Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area lies just east of Atlanta along I-20. Dominated by two granite outcrops, it offers natural wonders, compelling history and heart-pumping activity. For more information see below or read our flier.
Hikers can discover rare plants and fascinating geology at The Davidson-Arabia Nature Preserve and Panola Mountain State Park, a National Natural Landmark. Get lost above the trees at the peak of Arabia Mountain and see the city of Atlanta in the distance. Find the remnants of the quarrying industry that once prospered here and shipped the stone that built monumental buildings across the U.S.
Bike along the PATH, past historic farms and along the shoals of the South River. You set the pace and distance – a short meander or attempt a 30-mile ride of challenging switchbacks and hills.
Learn about two cultures that form the modern fabric of the heritage area. At the Flat Rock Archives, see how a group of slaves formed a community that thrived through enslavement, emancipation and segregation. At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, meet a society of Trappist monks who moved to Georgia during a war and built a place of peace. Extraordinary architecture, an unparalleled bonsai exhibit and gift shop selling tasty treats and crafts prepared by the monks themselves.
Modern shopping and dining amenities available at Stonecrest Mall along I-20.
Original Photograph by Phil Varney