Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

Belmont, Georgia

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One of the Atlanta’s most unusual trails crosses the exposed granite hills, wetlands, and forests at Arabia Mountain, taking you back nearly a half billion years in time. Arabia Mountain is a monadnock, an outcrop of rock, near Lithonia (Greek for “place of rock”). After nearly a century of quarrying the stone, the Davidson Mineral Company donated the property to DeKalb County for a park in 1973. In 2006 Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain, and surrounding areas were recognized by the National Park Service as the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Today a PATH Foundation multiuse trail links Arabia and Panola Mountains.
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by Ren and Helen Davis (Falcon Guides)

One of the Atlanta’s most unusual trails crosses the exposed granite hills, wetlands, and forests at Arabia Mountain, taking you back nearly a half billion years in time. Arabia Mountain is a monadnock, an outcrop of rock, near Lithonia (Greek for “place of rock”).

After nearly a century of quarrying the stone, the Davidson Mineral Company donated the property to DeKalb County for a park in 1973. In 2006 Arabia Mountain, Panola Mountain, and surrounding areas were recognized by the National Park Service as the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area. Today a PATH Foundation multiuse trail links Arabia and Panola Mountains.

©  Ren and Helen Davis/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Belmont
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: 172 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Spring and fall
Additional Use: Skating
Local Maps: USGS Redan and Conyers
Driving Directions: Directions to Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve

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