The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance Announces Hikes for March
In March, you can experience these unique places first-hand through guided hikes and free tours at Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountains. If you can conquer all three peaks during the month you’ll earn a special souvenir that you can wear as a badge of honor.
For info, see this website: http://monadnockmadness.com/
Arabia Mountain Trail visits natural beauty in South Dekalb County with a combination of trails over 20 miles in length. The Arabia Mountain Trail officially starts in the city of Lithonia and goes generally southeast. There are a couple of spurs that access the trail. It crosses the South River and becomes the Rockdale River Trail. It continues on through Panola Mountain State Park and beyond.
The Arabia Mountain Trail winds through 2000 acres of protected parkland in south DeKalb County. It’s right next to the dramatic rock outcropping, Arabia Mountain. The trail features the natural beauty of rock outcroppings, woodland waterfalls, farms, and wildflowers.
The Rockdale River Trail travels through some lovely farmland, through the very scenic Panola Mountain State Park and 6 miles beyond. Extensions of the Trail are anticipated in 2011 and 2012 and will go to the beautiful Monastery in Conyers.
This combined trail is not a rail-trail so it is not flat. It does have some curves and climb, but is not a strenuous trail. It is a great place for a family outing, a day of recreation are sightseeing for walkers, runners, cyclists, birdwatchers, etc.
Directions: From Lithonia business district, the trail is three blocks south on Johnson Street. There is limited parking here. The best place to start is an the back of Stonecrest Mall behind Macy’s. There is plenty of room to park and there is a convenient, marked spur, to get to the Arabia Mountain Trail.