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Sunday, July 28th 3 PM till Sunset - Arabia Mountain Gathering and consecration
Arabia Mountain, a granite monadnock, is one of the most distinctive features of the Heritage Area. The Arabia Mountain monadnock, or an isolated and exposed rock hill, is one of the few found in Georgia besides Stone Mountain and Heritage Area sister Panola Mountain. The unique topography and geology of a monadnock allows for unusual plant and animal species to thrive. Arabia Mountain has five species that are listed as both state and federally endangered, including the bright-red diamorpha plant that lives in small pools of water that form on the monadnock. Small poolHistorically, Arabia Mountain was one of several locations where the quarrying of granite took place in the Area. Granite from Lithonia quarries, including Arabia Mountain, can be found throughout the United States, including in buildings at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Brooklyn Bridge, and as curb blocks. The Davidson family owned Arabia Mountain during much of the 20th century, and by the 1960s Davidson Granite Enterprises was the largest producer of granite in the world. In the 1970's, the Davidson family generously donated 500+ acres of Arabia Mountain and surrounding lands to DeKalb County as a nature preserve for local residents to enjoy. Since then, the park has been expanded several times and now includes 2,550 acres, several granite outcrops and two lakes.Today, the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is a great place to explore the fantastic natural wonders of a monadnock. The seemingly barren landscape of Arabia Mountain is the most easily identified landscape of the Heritage Area.The mountain itself is part of the 2,550 acre DeKalb County park called the Davidson – Arabia Nature Preserve. The Preserve also includes other large formations of exposed granite, wetlands, pine and oak forests, multiple streams, and two lakes.The rare, native plant species, such as the signature red diamorpha in the winter and fall's yellow daisies, make it seem as though the rock is in constant metamorphosis.Parking facilities are located at the nature center at 3787 Klondike Road and at the base of Arabia Mountain.Sort by: Assemble at Nature Center around 3-4 PM.