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Saturday Morning Hike: Murphey Candler Loop near Arabia Mountain

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Murphey Candler Elementary School parking lot   Hike: Saturday Morning Hike: Murphey Candler Loop near Arabia Mountain  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Apr 16 2016  10:00 am >> Sat, Apr 16 2016 2:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 9:15 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Apr 11 2016 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Apr 16 2016 4:00 am
Event Duration:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7.9 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Richard A. Zalik
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


This loop within the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve goes through rolling wooded hills and a varied and pleasant landscape. The itinerary covers the Cascade, Wilburn Farm, Boomerang and Laurel Creek trails, and approximately 1.7 miles of the PATH paved trail. About two hours into the hike we will stop for one hour to have a picnic lunch.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes/Boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Water and a snack.


Insect repellent.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

ARABIA MOUNTAIN NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA is in the SE corner of DeKalb County (east of Atlanta near Lithonia, GA and I-20).

1) From Atlanta or I-285 proceed eastbound on I-20 and get off to your Right at Exit #74("Evans Mill Rd/Lithonia").

2) Take the 1.3-mile-long exit ramp STRAIGHT AHEAD to its end at the traffic light where Evans Mill Rd crosses underneath I-20.  (AVOID BEARING RIGHT off the ramp at the first "Evans Mill" opportunity!)

3) Turn Right at the traffic light onto Evans Mill Road and go just 0.1 mile to the next traffic light.

4) At the light go straight ahead onto Woodrow Drive (avoiding the right turn to stay on Evans Mill Rd or the left turn onto Mall Pkwy) and continue another 0.8 mile to the stop sign at Klondike Road.

5) Turn right onto Klondike Road and proceed 2.7 miles to the blinking yellow light on South Goddard. Turn right and proceed straight ahead 0.2 miles to the end of the road. 

The address of Muphey Candler Elementary School is: 6775 South Goddard Rd., Lithonia GA 30038. 


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):60Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 9:15 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $24.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.