DAVIDSON-ARABIA MOUNTAIN NATURE PRESERVE
As the fight against the COVID 19 continues, county parks and trails will remain open for outdoor use. Stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air all around DeKalb. (View a map of all of them here). If you visit a park, or any other public location, follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and including those for social distancing. Additional operational updates will be available as issued and can be found at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.
This 2200 acre nature preserve is adorned with features like Arabia Mountain, Arabia Lake, South River, wetlands, rock outcrops, temperature forests, and fields that can be enjoyed year-round. Arabia's unique ecology provides habitat for some equally unique wildlife species! The preserve is also home to many unique plants, including federally protected species. We encourage you to enjoy the nature preserve; take your memories with you, but please leave all things natural behind for others to enjoy.
The PATH is Arabia’s most popular source of recreation. It is very popular with cyclist, hikers and casual walkers. An easy one mile hike will lead you to Arabia Lake which is open to the public for fishing. Arabia's natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources offer amazing opportunities for environmental education. Nature studies in botany, biology, ecology, geology and conservation are provided by a dedicated staff. If you are interested in scheduling a program for students or events, please call (770) 484-3060 for more information!
Park Hours: Dawn to dusk
Directions: 3787 Klondike Rd, Stonecrest, GA
DeKalb County Park Ranger, Robby Astrove, is stationed at Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and leads nature program's that are open to the public, coordinates volunteer activities, and serves as point person for safety and maintenance at the park. Before working for the county, Jonah ran outdoors program's for independent schools, led history tours, and wrote a hiking guidebook about Atlanta-area trails.
Ranger Staff Directory
If you are interested or have any questions about the DeKalb County Junior Ranger Program? Email: DeKalbnaturalist@dekalbcountyga.gov
Download the Junior Ranger Activity Journal
Junior Ranger Program website
Where Can I Park at Arabia Mountain?
Parking has been crowded at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve on the weekends. The outdoors has become a welcome respite for people during the pandemic, and we love that people are coming out and enjoying the National Heritage Area. As the two main lots (the AWARE lot at 4158 Klondike Road and the Nature Center lot at 3787 Klondike Road) get full very quickly, here are other places you can park, and see places you might not have visited otherwise.
Also, please note that the Nature Preserve is most crowded on the weekends. We encourage people to come on the weekdays instead in order to avoid crowds.
All trailheads connected by the Arabia Mountain PATH trail system.
Right by the mountain:
1. Vaughters’ Farm Lot (3366 Klondike Road) Just up the road from the Nature Center, Vaughters’ Farm is one of the last dairy farm landscapes remaining in DeKalb County, though it was once the state’s capital of dairy farming.
2. Polebridge Trailhead (6262 Browns Mill Road) This is another trailhead with easy access to the beautiful forests of the Nature Preserve.
Located just north of the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Center, the Rockland Road overflow has been opened recently to accommodate the increase in visitation. From I-20 , take the Evans Mill Exit and make a right onto Woodrow Rd., keep straight till it dead ends into Klondike Rd., once on Klondike Rd. continue to the roundabout and make the first exit onto Rockland Rd. and at the field there will be an overflow parking sign where the overflow lot is located.
From HWY 212, take a right on Klondike Rd. then keep straight till you get to the roundabout, once at the roundabout make the third exit onto Rockland Rd. and keep straight till you see the field with the overflow lot sign in it, and that is where the overflow parking is located.
A little further off:
5. South Rockdale Community Park (3909 East Fairview Road SW) Another connection point to the paved Arabia Mountain PATH trail, the South Rockdale Community Park includes trails that run through forest and along the South River.
Check out some more of our parking areas here. See you on the trails!
Hello my name is Ranger Alex! I live on the Davidson Arabia Mountain Preserve and work for the DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Department. I am here to encourage you to live happier, healthier lives by using parks and recreational facilities in our area. Please be sure to stay connected to learn more about our naturalist program's, recreation, tips, trails, birding and much more!