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Stone Mountain Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert.

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: Stone Mountain Appetizer, Main Course, Dessert.  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Apr 17 2016  1:00 pm >> Sun, Apr 17 2016 6:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 13 2016 9:15 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Apr 17 2016 10:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:11 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bob J
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's satisfy our hunger (for the outdoors) with a three-course "meal" at Stone Mountain Park. The appetizer, main course, and dessert refer to the three portions of our hike. We will meet at the Confederate Hall parking area near the restrooms by the hike up trail at 12:45 Sunday afternoon and will take off promptly at 1:00 pm.

We will start with an "Appetizer" of going up and down the mountain using some lesser known trails. This will provide a good warm up for the rest of this hike. We will then move on to the "Main Course." We'll pick up the Cherokee Trail and proceed clockwise around the mountain. Passing Memorial Lawn and the carving, we will proceed past the grist mill and over the covered bridge to the King's Trail at Indian Island. We will pause at one of the picnic tables in this area for a snack break before popping back on to the Cherokee trail and then exploring the Nature Garden Trail. Finally, we will top everything off with "Dessert" in the form of one more summit of the mountain.

We will hike at a moderate pace, stay together and regroup at trail and road crossings. We can take some short breaks to rest and enjoy. 

Required Items to Bring:

Good walking or hiking footwear. At least two liters of water. Snacks to sustain energy.

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Your best smile, camera, hat and sunglasses.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Directions To Confederate Hall Parking Lot: Note there is a fee to enter the park. You can buy an annual pass. You can park in Stone Mountain Village and walk about one mile to get to the starting place for free. Just please allow extra time for the extra walking. To the main entrance- From I-285 take U.S. Hwy 78 East (Snellville/Athens) exit. Travel about 7 miles and take Exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. After entering the main entrance, proceed straight ahead. The road will fork at about 1 mile - stay to the right. Continue to follow the road for another mile. Confederate Hall will be on your left. (Careful - there's a stop sign in front of Confederate Hall for those entering the West Gate.) The parking lot will be immediately after. Wait for the group near the walk up trail. MARTA PARK & RIDE LOT Free public parking in Stone Mountain Village From Hwy 78 take exit 5 - stay right for a half mile - then a quick exit to E. Ponce/Stone Mtn. Village. At the end of the ramp turn left. Drive a mile or so into town. Turn left on East Mountain. Turn right on Fourth Street. There you will find the MARTA park and ride.

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Cost Includes:

There is a parking fee of about $15 for one day parking or you can get an annual pass.

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