Hiking On Arabia Mountain

Part of a massive belt of an ancient gneiss, the Arabia Mountain looks like Georgia’s Stone Mountain except that it’s formed earlier than the latter of about 350 million years. This is a national heritage mountain nature preserve which is located east of the City of Atlanta. Once at the area’s south parking lot find the split rail fence on the east end then head to a kiosk where Arabia Alliance’s one-page map is located. A downloadable format can be found online which you can put on your phone for a more convenient access when you’re at the site.

Since the mountain trail is mostly made of rock structures, most of the pathways are paved and solid. The lower portion of the trail are lined with pine trees and where some trail marks of carefully piled stones are circularly formed. And just a bit of FYI, on the USGS maps, Arabia Mountain is marked as Bradley Mountain. The path is level from the start with several tiny dimples on the ground caused by rainwater pooling on the rock formation’s curves. Turning right, some lined cairns guide you through a pine forest where the trail switches left about 0.2 miles onwards.

Arriving into a moist section, climb up to the top of Bradley Mountain where an informative sign tells you about the red moss seasonal growth. Approximately the climb will take 140 feet wherein halfway on this trail takes you to a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the whole area. Expect normal sightings of vultures circling the air or perhaps some cooper and red-shouldered hawks hovering around. At the peak of the trail, the South River can be spotted where a major river valley is nestled.

The earliest settlers of this area are American Indians where remnants from these villages are found. A couple more villages have been found before just within the 2,000 acre parameter of the heritage area which includes the Woodland Indian Era and the Creek Indian sites.

Looking downward, you will find a rock trail lined with trees on each sides which guide you to a small wooded hiking path. Alternately to locate this, just head for the tree line and turn right and search for the sign that guides you towards that wooded portion. Then you’ll reach a crossroad where one leads you to Klondike Road and another to an old quarry operation. Once you’ve visited the two sub destinations, you may return to the four-way intersection and move forward to the base of Arabia and Bradley Mountains. Around 20 to 30 feet through the tree line, there is a visible private lake which serves as a landmark if you refer back to the map. Take time to visit the top of the Bradley Mountain but take extra precaution and always stay near the safety cairns.