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Urban Adventure: Hahn Woods, Lullwater Park, Emory University, M C Carlos Museum

Learn your city! Join us for another urban hike, featuring many highlights of the always changing urban landscape of Atlanta filled with culture, history and outdoor natural beauty. 

We'll explore some of the highlights of Emory University, one of the South's most prestigious schools situated on a beautiful campus in Georgia's Druid Hills suburb. Our pace will be moderate to slow (2-2 1/2 mph pace) with stops to enjoy the sights as well as take a few pictures. Photographers are welcome, but expected to keep up with group. Parts of the hike will be exploratory for hike leaders.

Our leisurely, 6.25 mile hike includes Hahn Woods Park and Lullwater Park at the heart of the university. We'll then have lunch at one of the many restaurants along walker-friendly Emory Village on North Decatur Road, which skirts Emory's Haygood Hopkin's Gate main entry. Lastly, we'll visit the Michael C. Carlos Museum, considered the best antiquities museum in the South. 

We'll begin at the Hahn Woods kiosk, hike through this small forest, and follow an extended route along the banks of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek leading to a backdoor entrance to Lullwater Park. In these parks, some of the sights we will enjoy along the way, are a a pipe bridge, a 210 foot suspension bridge, small water falls, Emory University President's residence, Candler Lake, Houston Mill ruin (a 1920s powerhouse), and acres of green space containing many sentinel trees, including city champion loblolly pine and ironwood, and river birch.

                              Houston Mill ruin, Lullwater Park

                  210 foot suspension bridge, Lullwater Park

                   Emory's Haygood Hopkin's main entrance 

We'll then stroll through the Emory University campus, nestled on 500 acres which combines a pastoral setting for academic study in a downtown setting. The university, named for Bishop John Emory, was founded by the Methodist Church in 1836 and was originally located in the rural community of Oxford, Georgia. Enrollment grew steadily until the Civil War, when students were called to Confederate military service. When students returned, the school prospered under the guidance of Bishop Warren A Candler, president from 1888 to 1898, and brother of Asa G. Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company. Today the strength of this association can be found in the many campus buildings named after the soft-drink's controlling families, the Candlers and the Woodruffs.

We'll leave the campus to eat lunch at Emory Village, a nice little shopping district frequented by Emory students and locals in this Druid Hills neighborhood. Trees, a fountain, and sculpture adorn the welcoming plaza, where we'll eat at Slice and Pint

                          Michael C. Carlos Museum built in 1916 

After lunch, we'll head over to the Michael C. Carlos Emory University Museum of Art and Archeaology to experience one of Atlanta's museum treasures. Filled with a treasure trove of antiquities from around the world, this beautifully planned building on the Emory Quadrangle includes major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. Cost is $8 and their Sunday hours are 12-5 pm. There is a free public guided tour at 2 pm, and self-guided audio tours are $2. On our way back to the cars, we'll walk by Atlanta's CDC (Center for Disease Control).

                     Gilded mummies at the Carlos Museum

If interested in this hike, please sign up respectfully and considerately. These Urban Hikes fill up quickly and have had wait lists. Do not be a no-show, and avoid last minute cancellations. Sign up to attend the full hike, as opposed to a portion, as there are many who may be on the wait-list who would like to attend the full hike. If on the wait list, check back frequently as hikers do drop off. Helpful tip: avoid putting +1 if on the wait list, as this will drop you behind all single RSVPers. I would suggest your +1 get on the wait list as well. 

You will need to bring/wear:

-Outer wear appropriate for weather; dress in layers

-Shoes appropriate for walking long distance

-Plenty of water

-Snacks (we'll eat lunch mid-way in Emory Village)

-Rain gear (poncho, umbrella, etc.) 

**Preferential RSVP status will be applied, as able, particularly if on Wait List, to paying members ($5). See Georgia Adventurers home page for details. 

***Multiple last minute drop offs will result in inability to attend future urban hikes. 





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  • Valerie

    Terrific day, hike and hikers! Enjoyed exploring the woods and campus of Emory with a terrific group of people!

    3 · 24 de enero

    • Valerie

      Elizabeth...you made it a great hike with your help and support! Much love to you, my friend!

      1 · 24 de enero

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you! Your hikes are always great! Much love back.

      28 de enero

  • Elisabeth S.

    It was a fantastic hike. Thank You Valerie and Elizabeth

    25 de enero

  • Robin

    It was great

    25 de enero

  • Dr. B.

    BTW...the senior price to the Carlos museum is $6...then anyone that WALKED to the museum gets 20% off....so I ended up paying $4.80 cheaper than a groupon. The regular price was $8... with walking $6.40...a touch higher than the groupon price. Thanks Valerie for scouting this and leading us and for the great day we had. Even the impromptu lunch spot was great....except I was totally out of control on what I ate...including that coconut muffin which never made it home...devoured it driving home in the car.

    1 · 25 de enero

  • Mary A.

    Everything was great.

    24 de enero

  • Dave F.

    Excellent hike, as always. Also as always, my photos from the day https://goo.gl/photos/H8ARztM3PuxzEddL9. Feel free to grab and use any you like.

    1 · 24 de enero

    • Un antiguo miembro
      Un antiguo miembro

      Great photos! Thanks

      1 · 24 de enero

    • Valerie

      Dave...love to see what you saw! It's amazing!

      24 de enero

  • Un antiguo miembro
    Un antiguo miembro

    Had a great time!

    2 · 24 de enero

    • Elizabeth

      Nice meeting you Michelle!

      1 · 24 de enero

  • Janice

    Thank you, Valerie, for another great experience!

    2 · 24 de enero

  • Valerie

    Hello fellow urban adventurers! Looks like it'll be a great day for hiking tomorrow, though it will start out cold! Wear/bring plenty of layers and bundle up for morning hike, with low of 27 (not sure what it'll be at 9:30 am). The high tomorrow will be 50 in Atlanta and it will be sunny! Thanks, to everyone who was able to check board earlier in the week and coordinate carpooling as space will be tight at trailhead. Don't forget water and snacks and money to stop for lunch (can bring sack lunch and join us inside). See you tomorrow!

    1 · 23 de enero

  • Robin

    Is there anyone going that would like to split the groupon museum cost with me? Thanks

    1 · 23 de enero

    • Un antiguo miembro
      Un antiguo miembro

      I will split that with you.

      23 de enero

  • Annette H.

    Hi everyone, with so many people on the waitlist, I do not believe I will be confirmed to go. Would anybody be interested in going on a hike in the park? I'm coming in from Alaska, and would love to see the area. Message me if interested. Thanks!

    1 · 22 de enero

    • Valerie

      So many beautiful places in Atlanta! Welcome and wishes!

      1 · 22 de enero

  • Elisabeth S.

    Anyone wants to carpool from Gwinnett?
    I'm coming from Lawrenceville.

    1 · 22 de enero

  • Valerie

    I went ahead and purchased four tickets for 23--a real bargain. Three hikers, please add to this post if you would like to pay me 5.75 for your ticket. You'll get audio head sets should you like to use them. Here's a code to follow as well, for anyone over and above 4:

    http://groupon.com/bwf/778eb139-b2f9-4edc-b21e-dcf5f7ba5e3c?utm_campaign=OfferReferral&utm_source=bwf_link&utm_medium=bwf

    As a reminder, this is a full day. If on the hike, please double-check your calendar to confirm you're going, and that you're set for the full hike. There are 30+ on the Waitlist, 7 of them paying members. Do not be a last minute drop-off, change RSVP to no as soon as possible, if unable to go. If you make a habit of dropping off at the last minute this will hurt future hike status on Urban Hikes. Be courteous. Thank you!

    1 · 19 de enero de 2016

    • Valerie

      Elisabeth...I have 1. Check with Elizabeth--she had 1 extra as of yesterday. You can have my last 1 :).

      20 de enero de 2016

    • Elisabeth S.

      Thank you Valerie.

      1 · 22 de enero

  • Kennette

    Hi everyone. I just saw this link on Groupon that reduces the price for the Michael C. Carlos Museum. The cost is $13 for two people ($23 for four) and includes the audio. Here is the link: Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University Visit for Two or Four with Audio Tour (Up to 42% Off) http://groupon.com/bwf/7aa701c9-898d-4ecc-9403-2455859e607f?utm_campaign=OfferReferral&utm_source=bwf_link&utm_medium=bwf

    2 · 19 de enero de 2016

    • Valerie

      Great find, Kennette! I am going to opt out as I'll not get headphones. It is a $4 savings with the bonus of option to have audio guide if you by 2.

      19 de enero de 2016

    • Dr. B.

      The senior price is $6 but it doesn't have an age...

      19 de enero de 2016

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