Hike Benton Mackaye Trail - "Smith House" Late Lunch / Early Dinner Social

  • August 25, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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This Meetup hikes 4.2 miles of the famous Benton Mackaye Trail (a trail named for the creative genius behind the world famous "Appalachian Trail"). This trail is wilder than the Appalachian Trail - as if you stepped back in time to hike the Appalachian Trail of the 1960's!

The 4.2 mile hike passes the falls (on the left) and arrives at a beautiful mountain bald for lunch (high meadow) & back. This hike is rated  MODERATE in difficulty (if you exercise once a week and don't have any prohibitive health conditions - you'll be fine). 

We'll meet at Amicalola Falls State Park at 9am - and caravan to the trailhead from there. 

PLEASE PRINT THIS TRIP DESCRIPTION AND PRINT UP THE GOOGLE MAPS INSTRUCTIONS BELOW EVEN IF YOU HAVE A GPS. PLEASE TAKE THE PRINTOUTS WITH YOU TO THE HIKE! YOUR CONTACT PHONE NUMBER FOR BOB G. =[masked] BUT MT. RECEPTION IS 50/50.

Please wear comfy shoes and cushy socks, and comfortable clothing for the hot weather we've been having. For forecast info see Dawsonville, Georgia weather. Carry a rain poncho 3 BOTTLES WORTH OF WATER, some trail snacks and a sack lunch.

The cost of the trip is $20. If you are not a member - click on "Join Us" to the upper right of the page - and then RSVP for the trip.

CLICK HERE for Google Maps directions to Meetup location ! (Substitute you own address for Atlanta when you pull it up).

YOUR ITINERARY FOR THE DAY :

* 9AM SHARP - MEET AT AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK

* 9-9:30AM - MEET & GREET / SIGN RELEASES

* 9:30AM SHARP - CARAVAN OF CARS LEAVES PARKING LOT AT PARK FOR 45 MINUTE SLOW DRIVE TO TRAIL HEAD - WE WILL LEAVE ON TIME.

SHUTTLE IN CARAVAN TO TRAILHEAD

* 9AM - SUBDIVIDE GROUP INTO SMALLER GROUPS / START HIKING

* 2-3PM - FINISH HIKE / DRIVE IN CARAVAN ON FOREST SERVICE ROAD OUT TO PARK OR MAIN ROAD

* 3PM

A) FOLLOW CARAVAN TO SMITH HOUSE SOCIAL IN DAHLONEGA (30 MINUTES)

...OR...

B) VISIT AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK

...OR...

C) DRIVE HOME

* You will be asked to sign a standard industry liability release form at Amicalola Falls State Park and WILL NOT be allowed to participate without signing said release. You will not be refunded or compensated in any way should you refuse to sign said release.

* TRIPS GO RAIN OR SHINE AND ARE NOT CANCELLED OR REFUNDED DUE TO WEATHER

 

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  • Lanelle L.

    Beautiful day for a great hike. Lots of fun on the hike and great social at the Smith House restaurant.

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great food, I would eat there again.

    August 25, 2012

  • Sharon

    Thanks. I can manage both. Lo l

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to this hike!

    August 16, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not feeling very well this morning and think it's best to stay in today. My apologies for the short notice.

      August 25, 2012

    • Bob G.

      Feel better

      August 25, 2012

  • Sharon

    Looks like there is still room although rsvps have closed. Can I join this one trip?

    August 25, 2012

    • Bob G.

      Sure ! $20 and a smile gets you in!

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This should be fun! Looking forward to it.

    August 21, 2012

  • Bob G.

    Smith House dinner is $17.95

    August 18, 2012

  • Cathy

    Bob, what is the cost at Smith House?

    August 18, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined the group & really looking forward to the upcoming trips! On a sad note, terribly upset that I can't make this trip as I just found out about it and I already have a prior commitment next Saturday :-( You all enjoy!

    August 18, 2012

  • smriti

    I am new to this group, howeveri have dont the trailone time before. I live in warner robins and the drive to the park is close to three and half hours. Is there anyone from warner robins or on the way who would like to carpool

    August 14, 2012

  • Lanelle L.

    Jan, don't know if this will help you out any but I live in Lake City. If you want to ride with me you are welcome. The only place I know where you could leave you car, would be the State Farmers market just off 75 and Forest Parkway. Let me know if this will work for you,

    July 31, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am fine with the date change as well, Bob. Keep me on the list. :)

    July 17, 2012

  • Bob G.

    You can pay me when you see me, I will reserve you spot. 1 spot?

    June 30, 2012

  • Bob G.

    Your son is OK. The RSVP deadline is 6pm the night before. Hope you can join us !

    June 15, 2012

  • Judy V.

    Since the event is more than a month ahead, when is the deadline to RSVP? I really want to join and bring my son (12 yrs. old) if it's ok.

    June 15, 2012

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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