CRNRA - Indian Ridge, Charlie’s Trapping Creek to Mountain Heath Creek

  CRNRA - Indian Ridge, Charlie’s Trapping Creek to Mountain Heath Creek 

East Palisades Unit

Saturday, February 1, 2014

10:30 pm – 3:30 p.m.

This is a CRNRA program, NOT a GAG event. You MUST REGISTER with CRNRA to attend these events. Your RSVP on this page is meaningless, you have to call and register.

Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a look at this beautiful area from the south to the north.  

We will travel down Indian ridge Trail to Charlie’s Trapping Creek, across the floodplain, and then climb to the summit of Overlook Ridge along the Salamander Creek Trail.  

After enjoying the grand view above Devil’s Race Course Shoals, we will take Cabin Creek Trail north to Mountain Heath Creek and the Bamboo Grove.  We will return to Indian Ridge along the south fork of the  Cabin Creek Trail.  

We will travel above rock cliffs, past Civil War gun emplacements, through mature oak-hickory forest, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Our hike will take us over and past extraordinary rock outcrops and formations influenced by the Brevard Fault, which runs through the Unit.  

With the leaves now a beautiful multi-hued mosaic on the forest floor, we will be able to see the extraordinary topography of this area. To truly learn and know the river corridor you must hike the trails in winter when the landscape is revealed. 

This is a special opportunity to explore the East Palisades from the south to the north and back.

Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, East Palisades Unit; meet in the Indian Trail parking area and trail head; 1425 Indian Trail NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 at the bulletin board.  Go south on Northside Drive and Indian Trail is the fourth street on the right.  Indian Trail goes directly into the park. 

Facilities:  None

Difficulty:  Moderately strenuous.  There are several steep accents and descents.

Bring: Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes.  Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level.  Carry water. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.  

Note: A $3. daily entrance fee or $25. annual pass is required.

Limit:  30 persons


Reservations are required.  Reservations and directions:[masked]

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  • MoBill

    I hope if anyone showed up that you found a trail to go hike. Just now got word the Ranger Jerry was sick.

    February 1, 2014

  • MoBill

    If you have never hiked with Ranger Jerry, I'd advise you to join him. He's got lots of stories ... and knows a lot about the history of Atlanta.

    January 31, 2014

  • MoBill

    Ranger Hightower just emailed me saying he was going to do this hike, just because he needed to get out ! :)

    1 · January 31, 2014

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