Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Trails

Lithonia, Georgia

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Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve encompasses 2,550 acres and another of the prominent rock outcrops called monadnocks—isolated hills standing above the surrounding area. These rock outcrops host a unique environment with a wide variety of microhabitats that support a number of endemic plant and animal species. Arabia Mountain is said to be one hundred million years older than its two local granite-dome cousins—Panola and Stone Mountains. Arabia is noted for the swirling tidal gray rock pattern characteristic of Lithonia gneiss, formed when the mountain’s original gneiss was partially melted to form a rock that incorporates both igneous and metamorphic features in a granite-gneiss.
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by Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs (Falcon Guides)

Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve encompasses 2,550 acres and another of the prominent rock outcrops called monadnocks—isolated hills standing above the surrounding area. These rock outcrops host a unique environment with a wide variety of microhabitats that support a number of endemic plant and animal species.

Arabia Mountain is said to be one hundred million years older than its two local granite-dome cousins—Panola and Stone Mountains. Arabia is noted for the swirling tidal gray rock pattern characteristic of Lithonia gneiss, formed when the mountain’s original gneiss was partially melted to form a rock that incorporates both igneous and metamorphic features in a granite-gneiss.

© 2015 Donald W. Pfitzer and Jimmy Jacobs/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lithonia
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Rd., Lithonia 30038; (770) 492-5220; www.co.dekalb.ga.us/naturalresources/wonders.html
Local Maps: USGS Conyers and Redan; map of Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve available at nature center; Arabia Mountain Trail map available from the PATH Foundation at pathfoundation.org/trails/arabia-mountain/
Driving Directions: Directions to Davidson–Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve Trails

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