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Small lake at the base of Panola Mountain

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A Walk in the Park

Reconnect with nature at a nearby state park.

When life is no walk in the park, it’s a great time to take a walk in a park—literally.  Fortunately, several great options are a short drive from Fayette County just waiting to offer nature’s stress-soothing amenities.

Panola Mountain


Explore the pristine, 100-acre granite outcrop. Learn about the rare plants and animals that live in this unusual ecosystem. Bike on the paved trail or hike a forested trail. Picnic beside one of two lakes. Camp at one of five primitive campsites.

Sweetwater Creek

Lithia Springs

Hike 15 miles of trails, many of which follow the park’s namesake. Fish in the 215-acre lake. Learn about the textile mill ruins located in the park. Enjoy “glamping” in a yurt.

Fort Yargo


Enjoy the 260-acre lake for swimming, kayaking or paddleboarding. Mountain bike or hike more than 20 miles of trails. Experience the history surrounding the park’s 1792 fort/trading post built by early settlers. Linger on a screened-in porch at a furnished cabin.

For more information about these and other Georgia Parks, visit

  • The ruins at Sweetwater Creek State Park.
  • Small lake at the base of Panola Mountain
  • The lake at Fort Yargo
  • Scenic view of rocky river in Sweetwater Creek State Park.