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Panola Mountain

The hike in to Panola Mountain on the new PATH trail.

Bob Cormany works on an exquisite slab "Something about You".

Panola Mountain Information
The Panola Mountain boulders are located about 20 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta, Georgia within the Panola Mountain Preserve. The park is located in Henry County, near the South River and east of Stockbridge. The area has been closed (never open) to climbing and bouldering due to the ecologically significant and rare plants that occur on parts of the mountain. In the spring of 2007, Head Ranger Tim Banks contacted the SCC about possibly having limited days of climbing in the park. In April 2007 a small group of climber met Ranger Banks and previewed the "South River boulders" and the "Panola Mtn boulders" and were pleasantly surprised with the nice granite bouldering.

Bouldering is currently allowed at the South River boulders. During the fall season the rangers request that you sign in at the main ranger station (see directions below) and get a permit. There is hunting on adjacent tracts and controlled burns and the rangers would like to keep track of who is in the area.

The Panola Mtn boulders (actually on Panola Mtn) are open only on a tour basis. No climbing is allowed in this area if your not on a tour. This is strictly enforced and could hurt climbers access long term if not adhered to.

Parking for the South River boulders is $5. Go to the main park entrance off Highway 155 to pay $5 & then drive back down to the Alexander Lake parking.

Directions to the South River boulders -- from Alexander lake, park (after paying at main entrance) - and walk down the PATH (bike and walking path) over the dam at Alexander lake. Take a slight left onto a gravel road and walk past the head rangers house (on your left) and then past a large pole barn (on your right) and continue on this old gravel road (turns into a logging road) about 1 mile. The logging road turns into an ATV trail that leads you directly into the boulderfield.

Update April 2013 - from Sam Burke -
My buddies & I were just up at Panola Mountain yesterday & the directions to get there are a little different now. They have massively expanded the logging road & piled up dirt around 15ft high directly in front of the ATV trail that leads to the boulders. The spot where they covered up the trail is cut off to the right of the main logging road, kind of like a dirt col de sac, & is relatively easy to spot if you know you're looking for big piles of dirt. Around 200ft in front of it on the main logging road, there is a wide wooden path off to the right that (so far) leads out to a granite slab & then stops. So if you reach the wooden path, you've just passed the ATV trail.

I know it's not a popular spot with Boat Rock only a half hour or so away, but I figured it was worth changing the info if it will prevent anyone else from spending as long as we did trying to find that spot again.

Click Here for Panola Mtn First Ascents Day (SCC article) - Article

Suggested Tips for Climbing at Panola
* Please limit your impact. Tread lightly.br> * No metal brushes or saws in the boulderfield.
* Please be respectful of the rangers and others in the area. We are guest.
* Please carpool if possible. Parking is limited.
* Do not leave any valuables in car.
* Pack out all trash (and any you see) from the crag. Help keep it clean.

Panola Mtn SCC Area Rep:
Eric Hovda - hovda5@gmail.com

Panola Mountain State Park
2600 Highway 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
phone: 770-389-7801

click for website info for Panola Mtn Park:

Driving Directions:
From downtown Atlanta head east on Interstate 20. Go past Interstate 285. Take the WESLEY CHAPEL RD exit- EXIT 68- toward SNAPFINGER RD. 0.1 miles. Keep RIGHT at the fork to go on WESLEY CHAPEL RD. 0.2 miles. Turn LEFT onto SNAPFINGER RD. 5.0 miles. SNAPFINGER RD becomes GA-155. 1.9 miles End at Panola Mountain State Park: 2600 Highway 155 Sw, Stockbridge, GA 30281. Turn left into park and drive to back parking lot next to playground and park. The main ranger station is ahead of you - where you can get a permit to boulder.

Camping: Camping is not allowed.

Maps: USGS Map Aerial Photo |

SCC Crag - Minimal Impact Flier:

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Published on: 2007-10-23 (9888 reads)
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