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Arabia & Bradley Mountain

Hike/Site Details

Length
1.0
Trail Type
Out-and-Back
Skill Level
Easy
Duration
1 hour
Trailhead
Off of Klondike Rd, in Rockdale county, just south of the Rock Church intersection.
Trailhead Elevation
760 feet
Top Elevation
940 feet

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Geographic Location

Latitude
33.66
Longitude
-84.12

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I've been looking for Arabia mountain for quite a long time.  When I started my flying career back at 15 years old, I happened to fly across a dome of rock that looked curiously like the famous Stone Mountain in east Atlanta.  This rock, looked rather large and I managed to spot it now and again from the air, usually from the passenger seat of a Delta airliner. While I knew more or less where it was, as it was relatively under final approach for the westerly runways for Atlanta Hartsfield, I struggled to find this place until a couple of years ago.

Thus comes along the era of the internet and Google Earth, and well, now it's rather easy to find.  This area is populated by three relatively large Monadnock domes of Granite.  Small in comparison to Stone Mountain, they are closely of the same composition, though technically it is composed of Migmatite. There are actually three of these monadnock domes in the nearby area.  Panola Mountain, which is a nationally protected area due to the fungi and rare plants growing there, and Bradley and Arabia mountains, which are more or less one in the same, though connected via a low saddle.

Arabia is now considered a national heritage area, and thus they prefer you keep your traverse to a series of pylons or cairns that have been built to mark the trail.  These are easy to spot in consecutive fashion and appear as stacks of rocks. 

Arabia rises only 180 feet over the surrounding Arabia lake basin, and thus is neither difficult nor challenging really in any way.  Its unique geology however, earns it a spot here as it does represent a stark contrast to the surrounding area and quite feels like being on another planet while standing on top of it.  All of these mountains, stone mountain included, show heavy signs of quarrying in years past.

Strolling up past the cairns to the summit produces wide and expanse views, with a slow descent into the lake that sits at the base.  A low saddle connects the two lobes of Arabia, with the northeast segment being very rough, rock-strewn, and still showing physical evidence of quarried piles of rock and human intervention.

In the heat of the heat of the summer, this landscape takes on a very desert-like appearance and even supports cacti in this arid sandy area.  This is definitely an interesting area to explore, albeit briefly, and while you're here, you will find ample, paved biking trails that extend from downtown Lithonia all the way to Panola mountain.  More than enough here to do to kill a Saturday.  I'm definitely glad I've finally made it here to explore the place.

 

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Arabia & Bradley Mountain 2012-05-28 20:51:40 Shane Lewis
Overall rating 
 
2.9
Trail Conditions 
 
5.0
Camp Sites 
 
1.0
Water Availability 
 
3.0
Scenery 
 
4.0
Big Nuts Tilt 
 
1.0
Reviewed by Shane Lewis    May 28, 2012
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Neat place if Stone mountain leaves you looking for less commercialization and people.

Review

Good Points
Fairly unique, interesting terrain and geology, plenty to do here to kill a day.
Bad Points
Not very strenuous, or off the map. Sees some regular visitors due to its proximity to Klondike rd.
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