Monadnock Madness: Go Mad for Metro Atlanta’s Geological Gems

Explore the wonders of monadnocks during special events in March.

Explore the wonders of monadnocks during special events in March.

Monad-what? A monadnock is a special type of mountain formed when hard blobs of lava are compressed under the Earth’s crust. Talk about feeling the pressure! Now that the softer rock around the granite clumps has been eroded away, Georgians are treated to three amazing geological oddities right in their backyard – Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain and Arabia Mountain – and that’s something worth celebrating. In fact, it’s a marvel worth going downright mad over. So, this March during Monadnock Madness, lace up your hiking boots and explore the awe-inspiring wonders of vernal pools, diamorpha – with red leaves and white blooms — and more, all atop Georgia’s geological gems.

Bring your camera and curiosity

Cherry blossoms at Stone Mountain Park on March 5

Cherry blossoms at Stone Mountain Park on March 5. Photo courtesy of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Facebook.

Throughout the month of March, Monadnock Madness brings a variety of activities to the public, including photography lessons, advanced archery classes, Reptile Day, and behind the scenes hikes all made possible through the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance in partnership with the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Panola Mountain State Park, and Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

Catch the sunset from a monadnock

Sunset from Panola Mountain during the March 5 Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge

Sunset from Panola Mountain during the March 5 Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge. Photo courtesy of Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Facebook.

The highlight of the month is the Monadnock Madness Triple Hike Challenge, which brings adventurers together to summit all three of Metro Atlanta’s monadnocks in one unforgettable day. All hikers earn a unique souvenir they can wear as a badge of honor. See photos from the March 5 event on Facebook. Upcoming Triple Hikes will take place on March 19, 20 and 31. RSVPs are required and this event always sell out.

For more details on these exciting events and to purchase tickets for the Triple Hike and/or Landscape, Micro and Wildlife Photography 101 Class, visit MonadnockMadness.com.

Kimberly EstepWhen not putting her savvy communication skills to use at the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, Kimberly Estep can most often be found wandering over hiking trails with her two dogs. Most of all, Kimberly loves sharing her knowledge of the hidden gems of Georgia with anyone who will listen.

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Helen, Georgia by Audie Craig. Submitted via Facebook.

Helen, Georgia by Audie Craig. Submitted via Facebook.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia by @micpcarlisle. Submtited via Instagram.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia by @micpcarlisle. Submtited via Instagram.

Gator in the Okeefenokee Swamp by William Merce Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

Gator in the Okeefenokee Swamp by William Merce Photography. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

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Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Photo by David Banks. Submitted via Facebook.

Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Photo by David Banks. Submitted via Facebook.

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St. Simons Island, Georgia. Photo by @acountrygirlsdabbles. Submitted via Instagram.

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Pike County, Georgia. Photo by 65mb. Submitted via Flickr.

 

 

 

 

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Dahlonega, Georgia. Photo submitted by Sussman Imaging via Facebook.

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Canton, Georgia by larri073. Submitted via Flickr.