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.