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Dauset Trails Annual Fall Camping & Adventure Weekend: Free Kayaking & Canoeing!
|Event Location:||1 hour south of Atlanta, just off I-75|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Sep 23 2016 7:00 pm >> Sun, Sep 25 2016 4:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Jul 28 2016 9:30 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Sep 9 2016 4:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||Midday Fri thru 4 PM Sun: Come & go as you please!|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Member Cost:||$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||25|
|Minimum Group Size:||15|
|Number Registered So Far:||27 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
IN a NUTSHELL: Ask any of the hundreds of AOCers who have enjoyed this trip in the past. It's a blast!! As usual we'll have exclusive use all weekend of the lovely lakeside group camping area at Dauset Trails Nature Center, an easy 1-hour drive south of Atlanta (see detailed Directions below).
"C TO THE 10TH" EVENT! This semi-annual AOC adventure and R & R getaway can aptly be described as "C to the 10th Power." Convenient, Close and Cost-Conscious, it even includes big group Cookouts & Campfires—a quality Carside Camping and adventure experience for outdoor enthusiasts from beginner thru expert. In lieu of bringing a tent or hammock feel free to sleep in a Covered-Camping "Turkey Roost" sleeping structure (see more below).
CAMPING FACILITIES: There's plenty of nicely shaded level campsite space near our dining pavilion and lake, and for any who prefer more privacy it's fine to pitch your tent (or hang your hammock) in any of the many flat clearings in the adjoining forest. If you prefer you're welcome to sleep on one of the convenient “Turkey Roost” platforms - see below. From the parking area at our group site its no more than a 2- or 3-minute walk to any of the dozens of beautiful tent or hammock sites - or to the Turkey Roosts. Esp. if the weather is unusually cool or wet, feel free to sleep inside your own vehicle or RV, as I (Charlie) often do!
GROUP MEALS: The lakeside dining pavilion by the campsites and parking area has eight large picnic tables, and is ideally suited for preparing meals and dining together in a friendly group such as ours. Its excellent shelter means that we can be confident of enjoying the trip "rain-or-shine." Large coolers are appropriate to bring, with plenty of ice to preserve our favorite beverages and food items – the pavilion is the perfect shady place to consolidate them over the weekend. The king-size raised charcoal grill by the pavilion is ideal for group barbecuing.
For our Saturday Potluck Breakfast click this link: http://www.perfectpotluck.com/meals.php?t=YLGS4096&v=25dc2d02d6
On Friday evening, for the benefit of those who arrive by about 7:30 PM, the Pavilion's charcoal grill will be lit and implements provided for those who would like to barbecue a REASONABLE-sized personal item of your own: e.g., a piece of steak, chicken breast, 2 or 3 hotdogs, couple of burgers, etc.
The Club will provide a limited supply of napkins, paper towels, steel silverware, cooking utensils, etc. for group use at the Pavilion all weekend. Our Club policy is to minimize the amount of disposables, so to "BE GREEN" please bring your own personal insulated and covered drinking mug and your own personal washable plate and bowl, plus personal knife, fork & spoon. We’ll provide a hot-water dishwashing station, "camp suds," scrubbing pads, & towels, and will recruit a small crew to wash & dry dishes after each group meal.
"PRE-TRIP PLANNING DROP-IN," TUE SEP 20th at AOC SOCIAL at the TACO MAC in the PRADO," ~7:00-8:00 PM: For all of you who can conveniently attend, we'll get together informally on the "front end" of the Social. Not a problem if you can't be there or need to arrive late. This gathering is recommended esp. for you "Dauset first-timers" to address your questions and introduce you to others who are on the trip. I'll give out some nice brochures & maps of the beautiful Nature Center. We'll clarify how to drive to our remote group camping area and what gear, food & refreshments we each may wish to bring.
The Taco Mac is in the Prado shopping center at 5600 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30342 - about 1/2 mile south of the I-285 "Roswell Road" exit. As your GPS or GOOGLE.com/maps destination for the Social you can enter the Taco Mac's Lat/Lon Coordinates: 33.9077, -84.3795 Look for us on the covered open-air porch. Click here for more info about the Social and to register to attend it: http://www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com/events/details.asp?eventid=12590
FOR MORE about DAUSET TRAILS NATURE CENTER visit their official website at www.DausetTrails.com. Phone number: 770-775-6798. Founded in 1977 and just 50 miles south of Atlanta, the nonprofit nature center focuses on Environmental Education for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The heavily forested 1300-acre park was privately endowed by two highly esteemed local land owners, Hank Daughtry and David Settles - hence the coined name, DAU-SET." Its friendly hard-working staffers oversee its Visitor Center & Museum, Antique Barnyard, Botanical Gardens and the Zoo and other amazing free attractions discussed above. Reserved and paid camping groups such as ours have exclusive use of the entire lakeside camping area and its nice included extras. For a color topo map which includes the extensive hiking/biking trails network go to: http://www.dausettrails.com/bikemap14.pdf
An added bonus of Dauset Trails is its proximity to historic Indian Springs State Park and its quaint adjoining village - also to High Falls State Park. These adjoining parks offer fabulous hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes, botanical gardens, country stores, antique shops, etc. A beautiful lakeside hiking & mtn biking trail was opened that conveniently connects Dauset Trails with Indian Springs. High Falls is a very pretty place to explore, and a convenient stop while en route back toward Atlanta from Dauset Trails.
FOR SOME COLORFUL DAUSET TRAILS PHOTOS (plus an archive write-up) of our AOC September 2010 weekend, go to the following link. Click on "Photo Album." for Courtney & Tom Harjung's superbly done Picasa album: http://www.atlantaoutdoorclub.com/events/archivedetails.asp?eventid=2650
September 30 - October 2, 2011 photo album:
|How to Get There:|
IMPORTANT: Please pay close attention to these directions which give the precise mileage of each driving leg and explain our special AOC entrance procedures. Don't try to rely solely on GPS! (As an adjunct to these directions you GPS users can enter Lat/Lon 33.2321,-83.9489 as coordinates of our special AOC entrance gate discussed in detail below.)
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|Cost & Payment:|
• Hot Dinner for group Sat evening + Dining Supplies for all meals,
|Payment Cut Off:||Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Sep 9 2016.|
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