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Join our group of more than 5,000 cool people for selected hikes in the Atlanta area. Most hikes include some local history and some scenic highlights such as old bridges, hidden trails, and the like. We clearly label each hike with skill level, anticipated time of completion, pace, and directions.

FYIs:

. Hikes typically are scheduled on Sundays to start at noon

. I always include directions in the event description, so please use these written directions and not any pins or Google maps, as they often are incorrect

. No surprises: We typically hike eight to ten miles - in the woods - which means uphills and downhills over rocks and roots and through stream beds, so be sure to have proper attire (hiking boots, hiking poles, and enough food and water)

. On hike days when it is or will potentially be raining, I will announce any cancellations two hours prior to the event by posting "Canceled Rain" in the event title

. We typically do not permit dogs (some parks prohibit them, some terrain is too harsh), but we encourage attendance from any children who can keep the posted pace (but often it is us old fogies trying to keep up!)

I look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Charlie

Upcoming events (5)

Sope Creek - Morgan Falls Loop

Sope Creek

Saturday, 7/24: change of meeting spot. We have over 80 people scheduled for tomorrow’s hike, which is way too many for the parking area at the end of Columns Drive. So instead of turning onto Columns Drive from Johnson Ferry, turn into the parking lot off of Johnson Ferry and directly across from Columns Drive. Plenty of parking there, plus some new trails!

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About The Hike:
This will be a new trail for most of our regulars. As usual, we’ll have several scenic sites/cool things to see, Including a nice stream, a creepy farmhouse, and Morgan Falls dam.

Distance = approx eight miles
Time: Budget 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Skill Rating = very easy
Pace = 2 ½ to 3 miles per hour
Special Equipment = None needed
Other Stuff = Children that can keep the posted pace are encouraged to attend. No dogs please.
Meeting spot: Please meet at the trailhead at the end of the parking lot. As always, please follow the written directions herein and not Google or any pins that someone (but never me) might add.

See you on the trail!

Charlie

Lake Lanier - Peninsula Hike

Lake Lanier

Note: Meeting Place Has Changed! Please follow the directions below

About The Trail: The Laurel Ridge Trail is one of the prettiest trails around! The main trail is easy hiking that offers great views of the lake and the Buford Dam.

We'll start on the main loop trail, then add a couple of more miles via some of the "hard-to-find" trails that take us onto at least two peninsulas (water level permitting, one of these trails goes out onto an island - really cool!).

As usual, we can do a group dinner afterwards.

About The Hike:
Distance = ~8 miles
Time = Budget ~3 hours
Skill Rating = Easy (not much elevation, but we'll do a quick pace)
Pace = ~ 3 miles per hour
Special Equipment = Hiking shoes, hiking poles, as needed
Food: As usual, we'll do a five-minute stop to grab something to eat, so please bring water and lunch/snacks
Kids/Pets = No pets please (this park does not allow dogs), but children that can keep the posted pace are encouraged to attend

Meeting Time/Place: Please meet in front of the bathrooms in the parking area by the dam at the Lower Outlook by 11:50am (this is the parking area by the dam, not at lake level). If coming from downtown Cumming you access this lot by taking the last right turn BEFORE crossing the dam (it'll be the first left after you cross the dam if coming from the opposite direction. Again, it is the large parking lot you see at the base of the dam when crossing over the dam, not the one at lake level). FYI, the hike will start promptly at noon.

Carpool Options: The parking lot is small and fills up quickly, so please try to carpool. I will run one carpool; we'll meet at the Best Buy near North Point Mall (exit 9 off of 400) at 11:10am. Please meet in the parking aisle closest to Haynes Bridge. Please email me if you'd like to carpool with me, but please note that your email to carpool helps me know who is coming and determine how many cars we'll need; however, due to the volume of emails I receive, I do not respond to each one individually.

See you on the trail!

Charlie

Yellow River

Yellow River Park

About This Trail:
This is a heavily-wooded trail along the Yellow River, just minutes from Stone Mountain. There are miles of trails there, but little elevation gain, so the hike is rated as easy.

Notes:
Distance = Eight miles
Time: Budget 3+ hours
Skill Rating = Easy
Pace = 3 miles per hour, so intermediate hikers only please
Special Equipment = None needed, though walking poles might help
Other Stuff = Children that can keep a hiker’s pace are encouraged to come. No dogs please.

Directions/Where To Meet:
Take 78 East toward Stone Mountain. After passing the last Stone Mountain exit, exit right onto Rockbridge Road. After ~ 2 miles, the road splits at a stop light. Stay left onto Annistown Road. Drive ~ 1 mile. Turn right onto Juhan Road. Drive ~ 1 mile, passing a parking lot and bathrooms on the left, then make a left at the stop sign at the top of the hill. The parking lot is on the right, about 100 yards from the stop sign. Please meet in front of the rest rooms.

See you on the trail!

Charlie

Red Top Mountain

Red Top Mountain State Park

About The Trail: There are a couple of trails in Red Top Mountain Park. We’ll take one that loops around the edge of several islands, offering a constant view of Lake Allatoona through the woods

No special equipment is needed, but do bring hiking shoes, lunch, water, some snacks, and some stories to share! Level/Pace is intermediate, so experienced hikers only for this trip, meaning you can hike 3mph or better. Children that can hike at this pace are encouraged to attend, but no pets please. BTW, please make sure to bring some water, lunch, and snacks, as well as a towel and shirt change for the ride home.

Notes:
Distance = Six+ miles
Time: Budget 2.5 hours
Skill Rating = Moderate
Pace = Fast; intermediate to advanced hikers only
Special Equipment = None needed, though hiking poles might help.

Meeting Times/Places/Directions: From the Red Top Mountain exit off of I75, continue right until you see the “Trading Post”, then turn right for approx 1/2 mile until you see the entrance for a large parking lot on the right hand side. We’ll meet at the trail head at the far end of the parking lot.

Past events (439)

Tabor Park

Mt. Tabor Park

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