Lithonia, Georgia

Hike Arabia Mountain, GA

Originally added by Zachary Ganster

Distance: 1.3 mile out-and-back hike. Elevation Gain: 180 feet. Explore this hidden gem full of ponds, rare foliage, and dazzling granite formations. 30 miles outside Atlanta.

The trail begins right off Klondike Road by the parking lot with restrooms, which is almost impossible to miss. Upon arriving, you begin a steady climb along the barren rock face. At this point, keep an eye out for the prominent cairns to guide you up and down the mountain.

The trail itself is only 1.3 miles, but I would encourage you to explore the surrounding area once you reach the peak. At the peak, you are met with 360 degree views, and, if you're lucky, ponds in the crevices of the granite. I would recommend going after a good rainfall.

This trip is perfect if you are in the Atlanta area and only have half of a day to explore something nearby. You will feel like you are in an entirely different world!

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Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Additional Parking

If you want to start climbing up granite straight away, continue past the main visitor welcome center entrance to the AWARE Animal Wild Rescue Center at 4158 Klondike Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038. There is parking and a trailhead there for hikers as well as bathrooms.

Awesome cousin of Stone Mountain

I was surprised to find this hike listed on here- this was my favorite place to go with my grandparents growing up, however I'm sure it has changed quite a bit since then. My grandmother even spread some of her brothers ashes here a very long time ago, he loved this place so much. This really is a gorgeous mountain and I loved exploring all the rock formations (some in the shape of seats!), crazy flowers growing in the granite cracks, and the tide-pool looking holes of water from lightning strikes. I can see why this is thought of as a cousin to Stone Mountain, although in my opinion definitely more unique and secluded than touristy Stone Mountain.

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