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Tue, Mar 5 2019 - Allatoona Pass Battlefield Trails (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Holt Ward
Participants:Holt Ward, Bob G, Rocky M, Evy, Claudia, Doug, Allan, Shirley N, Dan Space R, Janet G, Gary Babiarz, Bonnie R, Neil, Joyce T., Dan C


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Write Up:

It was a cold start for our hike but beautiful weather for a hike at Allatoona Pass.  Quite a historic place where a battle occured in October 1864 and hiking around the reminders of this bloody battle was awe inspiring.  After viewing the very full Lake Allatoona from the levee above Allatoona Station, we headed up the old Tennessee Wagon Road.  We visited earthworks on both sides of the wagon road including our first view of the historic rail cut from above.  

Next we took another historic road out to the end of a peninsula and reached the lake shore.  Our intended path along the lake shore was under perhaps 6 feet of water so we had to pick another path back which included some bushwhacking.  We finally reached the rail cut again where the railroad chose to cut a perhaps 150 deep gash through the mountain to accomodate a rail line back in the 1830s.  We walked the abandoned rail line for a while before visiting the Star Fort where the worst of the battle was centered.  Then it was back to the cars and the end of our 2 hour, 4.5 mile hike. ~ Holt