What we're about

There are multiple groups that cater to those who enjoy easy, level trails or prefer scenic routes with frequent stops for photo sessions.

There are groups that hike insanely difficult, to outright dangerous trails, rock climbing, have near-military discipline, and strict membership rules.

ROC is neither. We position ourselves between these two categories.

We prefer hiking moderate to difficult trails at a brisk pace with challenging elevation gains and drops. We do single and multiple day hikes. We do night hikes. We hike all year round, in rain, shine, snow, hail or sleet, but we are not about beating any records or "Iron Man" - type tortuous challenges and competitions. We Hike For Fitness.

Everyone is welcome to join us, but you have to realistically evaluate your own fitness level; we will not leave anyone behind on the trail, but chances are you won’t enjoy our hikes if you overestimate your abilities.

Build your stamina, maximize your strength gains and improve your endurance with us. But most importantly, enjoy the satisfaction and feeling of accomplishment every time you finish another tough hike that you first thought was impossible, the one that you believed was not made for you.

Do things which are fun, meet new people, fill your life with new experiences and spark your existence!

Upcoming events (4)

Double Feature :: Yonah Mountain & Ravencliff Falls

Academy Sports + Outdoors 0118

Yonah Mountain is a mountain ridge located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest, between the towns of Cleveland and Helen. ("Yonah", by the way, is the Cherokee word for Bear). Interesting fact: Yonah Mountain is the site of a Native American legend about a beautiful Cherokee maiden named Nacoochee who fell in love with the Chickasaw warrior Sautee. When their love was forbidden by their tribal elders, a war party followed the eloping lovers and threw Sautee off the mountain, with Nacoochee then jumping to her death, a Lover's Leap. Although he did not invent the legend, George Williams, the son of one of the original settlers, popularized it in 1871. Now, to the event itself: We meet at the Academy Parking Lot, leave the lot at 8:00 am, arrive at Mount Yonah trailhead parking lot and start hiking at about 9:30 am. You can also go directly to the trailhead and meet at 9:30: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Current+Location/34.63758,-83.72559 HIKE # 1 YONAH MOUNTAIN Mountain Yonah trail is a 4.8 mile hike. It's considered to be one of Georgia's most beautiful summits with breathtaking views. The trail is rated hard, so we will be going at a medium pace, taking breaks as needed. With that said, it is not a beginner hike either. Please check this link for more insight of the trail: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/georgia/mount-yonah-trail PLEASE NOTE: PUTTING YONAH MOUNTAIN ON YOUR GPS WILL TAKE YOU TO THE WRONG SPOT. Instead, use this for the directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Current+Location/34.63758,-83.72559 Please don't forget to update your RSVP if you can't make it, even at the last minute. Reception is bad around the area so if you are running late you might be left behind. Dogs are allowed at the trail. ******************************************* Once we are back, we will ride to the Raven Cliff Falls, which is about 5 miles from Yonah: ******************************************* HIKE # 2 RAVEN CLIFF FALLS Raven Cliff Falls Trail is a an easy, therefore usually heavily trafficked out and back trail that features a waterfall. Round trip is about 5.8 miles. Trail runs along a beautiful cascading creek through a beautiful ravine rich with history and legends. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on leash. Everyone is welcome to join, but you have to realistically evaluate your own fitness level; we will not leave anyone behind on the trail, but chances are you won’t enjoy the hike if you overestimate your abilities. You've been warned :) ... some of the things to keep in mind: 1. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/15979052/Rules%2C_Guidelines_and_Common_Sense 2. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/15978662/Hiking_In_The_Rain/ 3. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/16707772/Things_to_bring_on_a_day_hike_in_summer/

Hike Inn from the top of Amicalola Falls

280 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd

We all know that the Hike Inn can only be reached by foot, right? If not, here is some more info: The trail to the Inn starts at Amicalola Falls State Park and requires a five-mile hike. The first .35 miles of the trail to the inn is also part of the approach trail to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. The trail from Amicalola Falls to the Hike Inn is marked with lime green paint blazes. The rise in elevation during this hike is about 500 feet and is listed on park literature and signage as an "easy to moderate" hike. Also located on the grounds of the inn is a granite celestial calendar formation that aligns with the rising sun during the spring and fall equinoxes. The Star Base, by the way, was designed by Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta. Once at the ground, please take your time and check it out. We'll wait and won't hold it against you. ;-) *********************** We will meet at the top of the falls parking lot at 10:00 am. We'll hike to the Hike Inn via the Approach trail and hike back via the Hike Inn trail. 10 miles round trip. There is a $5 parking fee or a state park pass. Please don't forget to update your RSVP if you can't make it, even at the last minute. Reception is bad around the area so if you are running late you might be left behind. ... some of the things to keep in mind: 1. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/15979052/Rules%2C_Guidelines_and_Common_Sense 2. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/15978662/Hiking_In_The_Rain/ 3. https://www.meetup.com/roc-ga/pages/16707772/Things_to_bring_on_a_day_hike_in_summer/

Laurel Ridge Trail - Tuesday FAST PACE Hike

Buford Dam Lower Overlook

Lower Overlook, Buford Dam Trail is just short of 4 miles so we keep a fast hikers pace (4mph) that allows this to be done in 1 hour. This is a diverse and easy trail, but the pace should still allow for a good end of day workout. The trail follows the Lake Lanier and Chattahoochee shorelines, through forested areas, looping back to where we begin. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on Laurel Ridge. Where we meet We will meet next to the bathrooms in the Lower Overlook Parking Lot and leave on time. There is no fee to park here. Weather If we are expecting heavy rain/lightning, the hike will most likely be postponed. Driving Directions can be found here http://www.georgiatrails.com/gt/d/Laurel_Ridge_Trail Map of Trail Laurel Ridge Trail Map (https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?ll=34.156030000000015%2C-84.068198&spn=0.017756%2C0.032144&hl=en&t=p&msa=0&z=15&source=embed&ie=UTF8&mid=18XC-iWGZD2FLkKrWLt04oedAoKg)

After Work Sawnee Mountain Hike

4075 Spot Rd

The Indian Seats Loop of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve is an easy hike to an overlook of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is great for any fitness level, but still a decent workout too. The loop is about 4 miles long so we keep a moderate pace. The trail is well marked, making navigation easy. We will walk to the top of the mountain on the Indian Seats Trail and continue to finish the loop, passing a couple of blocked off abandoned gold mines. Weather If we are expecting heavy rain/lightning, the hike will most likely be postponed. More information about Sawnee Mountain Preserve including a trail map: https://parks.forsythco.com/Sawnee-Mountain-Preserve

Past events (655)

Laurel Ridge Trail - Thursday Hike

Buford Dam Lower Overlook

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