3 Special Reasons to Love Arabia Mountain This Fall

We love Arabia Mountain any time of year, but especially the Fall…there are so many special opportunities here!

3 Special Reasons to Love Arabia Mountain This Fall

Daisy Days

I know the photo above is a little blurry – it’s about 8-9 years old — but it is still one of my favorites. I adore pictures of the kids with the yellow daisies, and I love walking across the monadnock through the beds even more.

Every fall metro Atlanta’s granite outcrops are transformed as yellow daisies blanket Stone, Panola and Arabia mountains, and each year Arabia Mountain celebrates the explosion of daisies with Daisy Days.

The metro-Atlanta area has a high concentration of this sunflower species, which bloom on our massive granite mountains. While these rock outcrops seem barren, especially during the scorching summers, fall and winter see a profusion of wildflowers grow out of patches of thin soil called “solution pits.” Daisy Days is an opportunity to celebrate the botanical bounty growing on the rock outcrops (also called “monadnocks”) as autumn begins.

In 2021, they are hosting the Daisy Days Triple Hike Challenge, running throughout September. The event is free (although parking may require a small fee). Participants must hike three of four possible mountains to earn the prize: Arabia Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Panola Mountain, and Stone Mountain. You can hike on your own or join a guided hike at some sites (note: Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and Stone Mountain Memorial Association are not currently offering guided hikes; you can still sign up for guided hikes at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Panola Mountain State Park).  

As you go, fill out your passport (coming soon) to win a daisy-themed prize.

Earn Your Junior Ranger Badge

Take a journey through a historic monastery, get a closer look at small-yet-mighty plants, and discover a community’s roots as you earn your Junior Ranger Badge. Discover the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area by becoming a Junior Ranger. Activities will guide you as you learn about a living landscape where life is built on stone. Earning a Junior Ranger badge is a great way to get outside in the beautiful fall weather and enjoy learning about Arabia.

The program is geared toward kids ages 8-12, but younger children can complete activities with help. Activities can be completed in a day or over several visits. 

You can pick up your Junior Ranger Activity Journal at the Visitor Center.

Bike The Trails

One of our favorite ways to experience Arabia is via the bike trails. There are about 33 miles of trails along the Arabia PATH, but we do them in “legs.” Fall is the perfect season to get out on these awesome trails.

Take a look at our Bike Trails post, where we break down our recommendations for biking this PATH section…or forge your own path by using their map.

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