STONECREST, GA– The 10th and final year of Monadnock Madness, the springtime hiking promotion stretching across three mountains and throughout the month of March, has begun.
Participants can get out and explore Georgia’s granite giants – Arabia, Panola, and Kennesaw Mountains – through the Triple Hike Challenge, guided ranger programs, nature photography workshops and mountaintop yoga.
A “monadnock” is a large geologic formation that has remained static as the ground has eroded around it – Arabia, Kennesaw and Panola Mountains are all three examples of this geologic formation. These metro-Atlanta mountains support a variety of rare and beautiful plant species, including diamorpha, atamasco lily, trout lily and others, that all bloom during the spring. Sandy divots in the rock face, called “solution pits,” host a variety of this vibrant plant life, which grows more colorful as the month progresses. The Monadnock Madness event celebrates these ecosystems and the life that lives there as spring unfolds. Click here for hiking tips.
The online passport for the Triple Hike Challenge is now live. To complete the Triple Hike Challenge, participants visit Arabia, Panola and Kennesaw Mountains, taking a photo (preferably a selfie) on the trails. Then, once they are done hiking, hikers upload the images to an online passport located at monadnockmadness.com. When they have sent in the passport, they earn their prize.
Monadnock Madness highlights for this year include the following guided activities:
Photography Workshops – March 12 and 20; tickets $15. Sign up here.
Yoga & Mindfulness Workshops – March 13 and 27; tickets $25. Sign up here.
Other Guided Events – Throughout the month, park rangers will lead guided hikes, history tours, educational classes, volunteer opportunities and more. For a full list of available programs, head over to our full Monadnock Madness events list.
Monadnock Madness is presented by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance in partnership with DeKalb County’s Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Panola Mountain State Park, and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Special thanks to our partners, instructors and program participants.
About Arabia Alliance
The Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance is dedicated to protecting, connecting and sharing the powerful history, rich culture and engaging landscapes of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area (AMNHA) for the benefit and enjoyment of all. The staff and volunteer board of the Arabia Alliance work with partners across the AMNHA to ensure that everyone can benefit from the cultural and natural resources of the National Heritage Area. For more information, visit www.arabiaalliance.org.