Panola Mountain offers 'taste of programming' on May 18

STOCKBRIDGE -- If spring temperatures are making you yearn for outdoor family adventure, Panola Mountain State Park is hosting a free "taste of programming" to commemorate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18.

The event and all programming will take place at the Alexander's Lake location at the intersection of Alexander's Lake Road and Flat Bridge Road. Guests will only need to pay the daily $5 parking fee.

"We will be offering all of the regular programming offered at the park, as well as some new additions to the list, all day long," said Naturalist/Program Director Hannah Penn. "Some of our regular programming includes fly fishing, fishing, archery (ages 8 and up), tree climbing (ages 8 and up), geocaching and orienteering. We will soon be offering our first kayaking programs and will have the kayaks available for the first time on this day."

Some unique items to look for at this event will be face painting, a reptile booth, an animal presentation by AWARE, hay rides, registration for Junior Ranger Camp (June 18-20, 2013), drinks and snacks, as well as information on how visitors can become members of the Friends of Panola Mountain State Park group.

"The event is guaranteed to have tons of fun for all ages," Penn said.

Panola Mountain State Park is home to a pristine 100-acre granite monadnock located 18 miles southeast of Atlanta on Ga. Highway 155 which is accessible via Interstate 20 via exit 68. Alexander Lake Road is accessible from Highway 155, just past the park entrance, or by traveling from Conyers via Klondike Road which turns into Flat Bridge Road after crossing the South River. Signage will mark the parking lot the day of the event.

For more information on this and other programming at the park, visit www.gastateparks.org/panolamountain or call 770-389-7801.