Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Outdoor recreation activities
Pro Tip: Call ahead to register for programs.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, Panola Mountain is a recreational haven for all ages and interests. Visitors can picnic while children work off energy on the playground. Anglers can bring their fishing poles to catch dinner at Alexander Lake. Panola Mountain State Park is one of the only state parks to offer archery programming (including a state of the art 3D practice range, for those with their own equipment), as well as "Canopy Adventure" tree climbing programs. Tree-climbing is great for families, youth organizations, corporate team-building excursions, and can accommodate any physical disability. The park also offers boat rental, geocaching, orienteering, birding and hiking. Georgia's PATH Foundation scenic Rockdale River Trail winds through the park and is ideal for biking, roller blading, jogging and dog-walking.
Panola Mountain is a 100-acre granite outcrop similar to Stone Mountain, but smaller and much more pristine. Panola is special because it's never been quarried, and as a National Natural Landmark, has had limited human impact. Because of this, it has many incredible rare ecologic features. Panola Mountain State Park is the crown jewel of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state. The park?s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
It started as a conservation park to protect the pristine ecosystem of the mountain.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
"We never knew all this was back here!"
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Helping visitors develop an enjoyment and respect for nature.
Crafted by the same wood wizards who built ramps at Woodward's renowned skateboarding camps, Hazard County Skate Park is chock full of ramps, rails, soapboxes, and sweet transitions to appease skaters of all ages and skill levels. Beginners can embark on a four-wheeled adventure, learning basic skills such as how to push properly, how to drop in, and how to perform a 900-degree spin by pressing up arrow while holding the B button. More advanced riders scoot closer to board mastery by focusing on kick flips, front 360 flips, the pop shove it, and various grinds and grabs. Private tutorials are offered any day of the week; simply call ahead to make an appointment. Social skaters may opt for two group classes, held Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon. Classes are led by skate scientists Eli Williams and Shelton Halstead, who in addition to being talented teachers and avid McTwisters, also spend time singing "Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.
The minds behind Gamers Xperience believe that gaming should always be an inclusive experience. That's why the console gaming arcade maintains a full-house rule, which states that only multi-player games are allowed when all 14-plus gaming stations are occupied. The staff further fosters this camaraderie through their interactions with the players, teaching the ins and outs of every game and helping anyone stuck on a challenging level. And there are challenges aplenty within the inventory of more than 100 titles, a range of everything from Call of Duty: Ghosts to Madden NFL 25 to Just Dance 2014. Play solo, face off against other gamers, or compete in the facility's frequent tournaments, which reward players with prizes and pixelated coins.
For all that South Side Riders does for people?from lessons to trail rides to children's pony parties?it's their horses that benefit the most. The saddle club rescues its horses from less-than-ideal situations across the state and trains them to become gentle, friendly animals that can fulfill the role of a riding companion or a model for saddle fashion shows. The noble steeds carry riders during lessons as well as trail rides, which either follow a path along neighboring streets on the Urban Ride or traverse acres of trails through Boundary Waters park.