Sat, Jun 20 2020 - Mason Mill Park: An exciting variety of Shady Trails & Forest Canopy Boardwalks celebrating the Summer Solstice (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Charlie Cottingham
Participants:Charlie Cottingham, Joyce T., Kathleen Scantlebury, Dave S, Stacey, Sheri Hardin, Gloria Colley, Helen H, Dawn B, Audra L

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Write Up:

We took advantage of Saturday's comfortable morning air and blue-sky weather to explore portions of five beautiful adjoining DeKalb County "sister parks" here in NE Atlanta (while "Covid-distancing together").  After beginning with an ambitious single-track loop through the thick forest just north of the Mason Mill parking lot, we followed a much more civilized route via the PATH  trails - first via the massive high forest-canopy boardwalk overlooking the wild shady area we had just hiked - then via the "Emory spur & boardwalk" to the far side of Clairmont Road where the University's "Lullwater Preserve" trail network begins.  En route back to Mason Mill we took an adventurous detour to the edge of Ira Melton Park but decided to postpone the stepping-stone creek crossing to its trails for another time.  After continuing via the historic ruins of the old Decatur Waterworks  and visiting its old retired reservoir dam we then walked the main PATH "South Peachtree Creek" paved trail & boardwalk to its "Mile Zero" point in Medlock Park and returned to our Mason Mill gathering spot via the high PATH boardwalk over the RR track. - Posted by Charlie on Sun June 21st.  Happy Father's Day to all you AOC dads!

p.s. Special thanks to our AOC "Photojournalist par excellence," Joyce Taaffe for the fine job she did photographing the event and sharing this link to her colorful Facebook album:
You can also click "Photo Album" above to enjoy her nice shots.  Below are Joyce's kind words and commentary from atop the album:

Joyce's Photo Album Notes:
Today's hike at Mason Mill (and parks beyond) was a most unusual hike, in that 5 of the 10 registrants were brand new members on their very first event. That's a first for me! We covered a variety of trails, from deep woods to the boardwalk. The boardwalk was a popular place today, with many folks taking the advantage of the beautiful weather to get outside for some exercise and fresh air. The newcomers were awed by Charlie's knowledge of plant life and history of the area. The rest of us already knew him to be a fountain of information. We crossed paths with a nature photographer, Kevin Gaston, that Charlie knew. Kevin invited us to check out his photos on his Facebook page. Welcome to the AOC:  Audra, Dawn, Sheri, Kathleen and Helen (+ Helen's friendly dog, Moses-José!)