Reasons to Take a Guided Hike- Featuring Panola Mountain State Park

Have you considered taking a guided hike with your family?  We recently took a guided hike through Panola Mountain State Park in Georgia.  It was a wonderful experience.  I would recommend a guided hike for families who would like to get a little more out of their hike.

Reasons to Take a Guided Hike With Your Family

Greater access to the park trails.  Because we were with a guide, we were allowed on trails that were otherwise restricted.  It was kind of like having a backstage pass to the great outdoors.

Guided Hikes at Panola Mountain State Park Georgia

Guided Hikes Only.

It’s an outdoor classroom for your entire family.  Typically, my husband and I teach our kids while we are hiking.  On this hike we actually learned a lot as well.

You benefit from someone who has hiked this trail many times.  They can point out things you might miss if you are not observant enough. Do you want to see a tree growing up through the middle of a rock?  Did you notice that little animal den?  Careful not to step on that little plant, it is almost extinct. Crunch (just kidding).

Delicate plant on Panola Mountain in Georgia

Careful not to step on these little plants.

Allows you to see the trail from a different perspective.  Our guide, Amy, was incredibly knowledgeable about the vegetation and wildlife on the mountain.  On the other hand, Steve the volunteer, who joined us on the hike enjoyed sharing with us the history of the mountain and the family who had lived there.  Emma the intern rounded out our little group pointing out some of her favorite things on the trail.

Hiking Kids

Learning on the Hiking Trail.

Get the 411 on park activities.  Learn about all the activities, programs and more occurring in the park.  Did you know that Panola Mountain State Park will soon offer primitive camping and canoeing?  That’s right.  You heard it here first.  I heard it on our hike.

View from the top of Panola Mountain in Georgia

We reached the top of Panola Mountain.

Hiking is great exercise.  Guided or unguided.

Learn some great hiking tips.  When you hike for 2 1/2 hours, eventually the conversation turns to other things, such as bug spray, hydration and more.  Soak it in.

Grasshopper who lives in Panola Mountain State Park Georgia

Look who we found living on top of Panola Mountain.

It’s a nice way to spend quality time with your kids.  Hanging out with the kids- exercising, learning and exploring.  What a great way to spend the day.

I’ll see ya by the campfire.


More About Panola Mountain State Park in Georgia

Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite mountain that shelters rare plants of the Piedmont region.  It is a designated National Natural Landmark, as well as a laboratory for geological study.

Panola Mountain State Park offers lots of family friendly activities such as archery, tree climbing, frog slog, fishing and bicycling on their bike path.  To learn more about Panola Mountain State Park in Georgia visit the Georgia State Parks website.

Georgia also has an Iphone App called the Official Georgia DNR Outdoors Guide which allows you keep track of all the events in Georgia State Parks.  Not from Georgia?  Many other states also use State Parks apps powered by Pocket Ranger™.  The Pocket Ranger App allows you to see upcoming events, monitor weather conditions, view state surveyed trails and more.

To find outdoor activities in your state, visit America’s State Parks website.

Do you enjoy hiking with your family?  What reason would you add to this list?

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  1. Michael & Donna Douglas says:

    When we go camping, especially in a Georgia State Park, we always hike on the nature trails. We have never had a guided hike tho. We try to pay attention to what’s around us…but I bet we’re missing a lot. Next time we go, going to check with the Rangers and see if guided hikes are available.

  2. Guided hikes are wonderful! Love the extra tidbits from the guides you wouldn’t get otherwise. Adds an extra dimension to the whole experience. They point out things you might otherwise pass unnoticed, they add humor and flavor, etc. Yep, awesome!

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