Sat, Oct 3 2020 - Mason Mill Park: Fall Fun in the Forest on exciting Trails & Boardwalks (View Original Event Details)

Trip Leader(s): Charlie Cottingham
Participants:Charlie Cottingham, Claudia, Elizabeth B., Bill P., Vonda W, Tom, MB, Lauren, Gloria Colley

Write Up:

  The crisp blue-sky fall weather was so perfect yesterday that we nine decided to extend our exploration of Mason Mill Park and Emory's Lullwater Preserve by almost an extra hour.  It was fun having brand new member Lauren with us on her first outing with our fine Club - also a delight having Elizabeth & Bill's friendly dog Maggie along as a very welcome "10th AOCer."  It did our hearts good along the way to chat with dozens of other folks who were out enjoying the fall splendor with their kids & furry friends.  Had no problem social-distancing and were glad to see virtually every park visitor following CDC guidelines regarding use of masks, etc.
  We began the hike by descending through the forest canopy via the massive & sinuous PATH boardwalk from the DeKalb Tennis Center - then continued via that PATH extension to its northern end at N. Druid Hills Rd.  En route back we enjoyed a heavily wooded detour off the boardwalk and took massive stepping stones across Burnt Fork Creek to the hugely popular Mason Mill Dog Park on Jamestown Rd.
  Next we took the PATH "Mason Mill-to-Emory" boardwalk & spur underneath Clairmont Road and past the VA Hospital for a visit to the University's gorgeous Lullwater Preserve parklands.  Miles of shady trails surround the "Lullwater House" mansion there overlooking the lake.  Built in 1926 by Walter Candler, son of Coca-Cola's main founder Asa Candler, it has been the successive home of Emory's presidents since 1963.  After a stop at the waterfall on S Fork Peachtree Creek it was exciting to take the swinging bridge to the far side of the creek for a visit to the quaint creekside stone tower that had been part of Candlers' 1920s hydroelectric generating system.  After climbing from the creek up the hill to front yard of the Mansion we descended via its giant lawn to Candler Lake and headed back to Mason Mill. - Posted by Charlie, Sun Oct 4th