Tue, Mar 12 2019 - Coopers Furnace and Hurricane Hollow (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Holt Ward
Participants:Holt Ward, Rocky M, Evy, Dan C, Suzanne, Janet G, Shirley N, Wendy B, Ryleigh Reinhard, Allan, Silvia B

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Write Up:

What was billed as an exploratory hike lived up to its billing.  We started from the Army Corps of Engineers offices at Allatoona lake and viewed the Allatoona dam which is spilling 24/7 for at least a month to try to bring down the very high lake level.  We started our hike by hiking to Coopers Furnace and then heading up an old woods road up to the ridge line above the furnace.  It was a tough climb but the group did great.  After hiking the ridgeline, it was back down towards our main objective for the hike today which was Hurricane Hollow.

The hollow was the site of some significant mining operations from the mid 1800's to the early 1900's.  We hiked up the hollow, switching sides of Hurricane Creek along the way.  We saw what appeared to be the remains of a dam and other mining ruins.  We made our way back down the hollow, utilizing several logging roads along the way which helped some with the bushwhacking and to avoid some of the briars.  We returned to the Corps of Engineers offices using the Coopers Furnace trail and Laurel Ridge trail, completing our hike.  All in all, a great exploratory hike.  ~ Holt