I've lived in Atlanta for over 10 years, and I finally got around to visiting Arabia Mountain. I was pleasantly surprised. Arabia Mountain is like a muted, noncommercial version of Stone Mountain. The hike to the top of the rock outcrop is half as long and not nearly as steep. Rock cairns mark the trail. You will usually encounter dozens of people walking up and down Stone Mountain, but we saw only a few other walkers on our visit to Arabia. We were alone on the rock top for the entire visit. The only other evidence of recent human activity was a broken bottle and and some campfire ashes near the rock benchmark. Surrounded by trees on a giant bald rock, you could almost forget that you're in the middle of a major metropolitan area. I look forward to returning to Arabia Mountain in the fall, when the diamorpha blooms. Guests should know that there is virtually no tree cover once on the rock face, so bring your sunblock. Wear boots or shoes that you don't mine getting dirty. It's been a wet summer, so we had to cross over a couple muddy patches. Also, if you park in the South Lot, you might want to check out the AWARE wildlife rehabilitation center. They offer tours on the weekends. (We dropped off an orphaned baby squirrel and were able to see an owl, hawk, baby opossum, and turtles.)
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