Lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to explore Georgia’s mountainous giants — Monadnock Madness is back!
Monadnock Madness is a month-long event that gets you out exploring Georgia’s granite giants — Panola, Arabia, and Stone Mountains. Hiking, yoga, and photography workshops fill the month of March at these great outdoor destinations.
Georgia’s massive granite outcrops (called “monadnocks”) support a variety of natural wonders and the month-long outdoor celebration gives participants plenty of opportunities to discover the natural resources hidden in Atlanta’s backyard.
Adapted for COVID-19 safety, the annual outdoor event will offer socially-distanced nature photography and yoga workshops, as well as a hike-as-you-like version of the popular Triple Hike Challenge this year (including a special fourth-mountain hike, Kennesaw Mountain).
Event organizers have replaced the guided triple mountain hikes with the hike-as-you-like option.
Participants visit Arabia, Panola and Stone Mountains on their own, taking a photo (preferably a selfie) on the trails. Then, once they are done hiking, hikers upload the images to an online passport. When they have sent in the passport, they earn their prize.
The online passport opens on March 1st. There is an additional prize for hiking Kennesaw Mountain, a fourth-mountain option you can add to your hiking challenge.
Visitors can also sign up for guided hikes, tree climbing, and more at Panola Mountain State Park. If you want to reach the top of Panola Mountain, you can only do so with a guided hike — although you can still earn your passport stamp just by visiting the park. Check their website for more details — their guided hikes fill up fast!
Yoga and Photography Workshops
Monadnock Madness also includes photography workshops, along with several different yoga and mindfulness workshops too.
Sign up for events like a Sunset Mindfulness walk at Arabia, or a Landscape, Macro, and Wildlife Photography Workshop.
Leave No Trace
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, parks and outdoor spaces around the country have seen dramatic increases in visitation, including in the National Heritage Areas and around Atlanta.
During Monadnock Madness, that makes practicing Leave No Trace hiking all the more important.
As you enjoy Georgia’s iconic granite outcrops, please take only pictures, avoid stepping in vegetation, dispose of waste properly, and respect the animal and plant life that thrives in these oases of nature.
Learn more about Leave No Trace hiking here.