7:30 - Depart hotel for Panola Mountain State Park.
8:00 – Arrive at Panola Mountain State Park and check-in with rangers.
8:15 - Student presentation on Panola Mountain.
8:30 – With ranger who will stop periodically and talk about the
formation of streams, valley depth, knick points, joints, meanders, and the flood plain, hike
the Watershed Trail .
10:00 – Take a short break in the interpretive center where students can
look at rock and mineral samples and an explanation of the formation and geology of
10:30 – Depart for hike on Rock Outcrop Trail. Stops along the trail will include views and discussions of weathering, soil creep, exfoliation, quarrying, contact, and the granite outcrop.
1:00 – Arrive at the Stone Mountain
Park walk-up trail.
1:15 - Student presentation on Stone Mountain.
1:30 – Begin up the trail. Between the base and the flagpoles there
will be observations and discussions of quartz veins, granite, variations in vegetation, and solution pits .
2:30 – Continue hiking up the mountain to the top.
3:30 – Arrive at the top and rest and have a snack .
4:00 – Return down the mountain.
5:00 – Drive around to the East Quarry Exhibit and walk through the
5:30 – Go beyond the rope at the end of the exhibit into the old quarry and locate xenoliths and examples of exfoliation and discuss the environmental impact of quarrying.
6:30 – Drive around to the front of the mountain to discuss erosion and the eventual effect of erosion on the carving on the face of Stone Mountain.
7:00 – Return to the hotel for dinner.