Arabia Mountain Top Trail Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, GA
miles
LENGTH 1.1 MILES
DIFFICULTY 1.2 Easy
DURATION 30 minutes
ELEVATION GAIN
160
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Arabia Mountain Top Trail

March 24, 2020 - Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, many parks and hiking trails are closed. It is advised that you do not travel to hike. Many trails have been swarmed with visitors which only helps spread the virus. Stay safe people.

Hike to the summit of Arabia Mountain, a low monadnock of sun-soaked granite just a few miles outside the Atlanta perimeter. Peaking just above the surrounding tree line, you'll get views in all directions, though not extensive ones. This is a great quick trail that's good for kids and dogs.

Park at the South Parking Lot or if full you'll have to park at the Nature Center Lot and walk an additional mile round trip down the PATH Klondike boardwalk. The trail begins at the end of the parking lot before the AWARE Wildlife Center.

Follow the rock cairns, paved rock mounds that serve as trail markers along the way. Other than these, there really isn't a trail as most of the way you're hiking along exposed granite. The cairns lead to the base of the summit where the blue blazed Mountain View Trail splits off to the right, but for this hike stay left.

The hike gets significantly steeper on the way up and the rock cairns end shortly before reaching the summit. If you continue to walk to what looks like the high point, you'll find a geodetic survey marker in the rock. Otherwise, explore around if you want, this is where this hike ends. When you're ready to head back, just look for the cairns to lead you back down the mountain.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.4 mi
27 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.2 mi
60 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.1 mi
64 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
108 ft
18 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0 ft
0 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
Terrain Map Click to control map
Navigation
0.0 mi
0.0 mi - Trailhead The trail begins at the end of the parking lot before the AWARE Wildlife Center.
0.25 mi
0.25 mi - Stay Straight/Left Mountain View Loop to right, but you won't notice it unless you see the blue blazes.
0.3 mi
0.3 mi - Stay Straight/Left Mountain View Loop to right along tree line, follow the cairns to the left to head up to the summit.
0.56 mi
0.56 mi - Summit The cairns end a short distance from the summit.
Details
length1.1 miles
difficulty1.2 Easy
duration30 minutes
features Dog Friendly  History  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeRock Cairns
elevation gain160 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestArabia Mountain National Heritage Area
visitor infoNature Center
3787 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038
770-484-3060
hoursSunrise - Sunset
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 33.659871, -84.123855 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°39.59, W 84°7.43 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 33°39'36'', N 33°39'36'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
33.659871, -84.123855 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 33°39.59, W 84°7.43 most GPS units use this one
N 33°39'36'', N 33°39'36'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
The trail begins at the end of the parking lot on the left before the AWARE Wildlife Center.
Parking Capacity
19 parking spaces.
Notes
Maps are available at the Nature Center and most of the trailheads or can be found at arabiaalliance.org.
There are several endangered plant and animal species that live in the small pools of water on the mountain. Even if dry, there are plenty of signs informing you to not step in them as you hike.
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5 (1)
hikethesouth-6 months ago
Nice Atlanta Hike
While I wasn't blown away with this trail, considering the proximity to Atlanta, this is a great interesting hike if you're looking for something short and easy.
Easy | Hiked Fall 2019
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