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Now more than 9,000 members! Join us for hikes in the Atlanta area - then dinner and drinks afterward. 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:
. I always include directions in the event description, so please use these written directions and not any pins or Google maps, as these often are incorrect
. 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!) 
. 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)

I look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Charlie

Upcoming events (4+)

Kennesaw Mountain - Back Country Trail

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About The Trail:
Rather than going straight up the mountain from the Visitor Center, we are going to take the trail through the woods around the park and come up the back side where we can see some fake cannons and read about how Kennesaw Mountain was important in the Union Army's march to Atlanta.

About The Hike:
Distance = Our normal 8 to 10 miles
Time = Budget ~3 1/2 hours
Skill Rating = Easy for most, moderate going up the mountain
Pace = 2 ½ to 3 miles per hour
Special Equipment = Hiking shoes, hiking poles, etc.
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, but children that can keep the posted pace are encouraged to attend

Meeting Point/Directions:
Please meet in the back left corner of the alternate parking lot, which is 1/4 mile east of the Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Center. We'll start our hike at the trailhead there.

And Don't Forget:
We'll go to a local restaurant or brewery after the hike.

See you on the trail!

Charlie

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Sweetwater

Sweetwater Creek State Park

About The Park:
Sweetwater is probably most famous for the Civil War ruins just off of the river, but it also contains a lot of nice hiking trails on both sides of the river.

Distance = ~ Eight miles
Time: Budget ~ 3 hours
Skill Rating = There are several fairly steep sections, but luckily none that last too long
Pace = Fast: 3 to 3½ miles per hour
Special Equipment = None needed
Other Stuff = No dogs please, though kids that can keep the posted pace are encouraged to attend. And as always, please make sure to bring some food, water, and snacks.

Directions/Meeting Spot:
Factory Shoals Rd, Lithia Springs, GA[masked]https://maps.app.goo.gl/MgYc51yhzpNxc9bbA
More park info at https://gastateparks.org/SweetwaterCreek

Of Note: The parking lot near the Visitor Center isn't very large and fills up fast, so suggest you either get their early or park in one of several other nearby lots and walk the 100 yards or so to the Visitor Center.

And Don't Forget:
We'll go to a local restaurant or brewery after the hike.

Cherokee Trail at Stone Mountian

Stone Mountain Grist Mill

Hi, it's Angie! Join me for a hike along Stone Mountain's Cherokee Trail. We will meet at the Grist Mill. There are two parking lots for the Grist Mill, one is small and right at the Mill the second is large and is across the street from the Mill. There are bathrooms at the Grist Mill so let's meet near the bathrooms. *Note: The Cherokee Trail and Grist Mill are located INSIDE of Stone Mountain Park. If you do not know where the Grist Mill is located you can ask at the booth when you enter the park. It is not difficult to find as you are driving around the mountain.*

We will take the white blazed trail called the Cherokee Trail. This trail is easy except for the part that takes you up the mountain and intersects with the walk-up trail. This part is considered moderate to difficult at some points. We will complete this difficult part of the trail and go all the way to the top to take in the views.

There are bathrooms located along the trail and we will stop a time or two for water and snack, so bring what you think you will need in regards to food/water. The total distance is about 6 miles.

There is a parking fee ($20 for one visit and $40 for a year pass) to enter Stone Mountain Park. Feel free to work out carpool in the comments below if you need to ride in with someone who has a parking pass. There is free parking in Stone Mountain Village outside of the park, BUT, please do your homework and ensure you are parking in a place that is legal and OK for you to park.

Here are some helpful links: https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7024559/cherokee-trail
https://hfe.widen.net/s/zk9zsx2hpq/smp22_map_cherokee-trail
https://www.stonemountainpark.com/activities/history-nature/grist-mill/

Tabor Park

Mt. Tabor Park

About The Trail: We recently discovered this trail, and can get our normal eight miles of trails through varied woods and scenery. As usual, we'll also do a group dinner meetup after the hike.

Hike Details:
Distance = ~ eight miles
Time: ~ 3 hours
Skill Rating = Easy
Pace = 2½ to 3 miles per hour
Special Equipment = None needed
Other Stuff = No dogs allowed, but children that can keep the posted pace are encouraged to attend

Directions/Meeting Spot: After pulling into the park, the parking lot is immediately on your right. Please meet at the trailhead at the end of this lot.

See you there!

Charlie

Past events (536)

Hike At Big Creek

Big Creek Greenway