The mountain has a storied history with Indigenous people who first set roots in the South.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Archaeologists say it has taken nearly 400 million years for Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area to form. The sprawling natural space is where people take in gorgeous sights and unknowingly walk on sacred land.
It lies just east of Atlanta along Interstate 20 in DeKalb County, known as a scenic place to hike. The mountain has a storied history where Indigenous people first set roots in the South.
“There’s another mindset of tradition people who see it as kind of the Holy Land,” Tom Blue Wolf with the Muscogee Nation said. “Because it’s an extraordinary structure, you know, coming out of the earth, thousands of acres of these outcroppings, that once upon a time were a place where we would go do vision quests, where we would go dream, where we would go heal, where …