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Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve (Elachee Nature Center)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Gainesville, GA   Hike: Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve (Elachee Nature Center)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jul 31 2016  7:30 am >> Sun, Jul 31 2016 1:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 7:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Tue, Jul 26 2016 9:30 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 30 2016 10:00 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6 Miles
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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: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
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Please join me for a three hour hike at the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve.  There are numerous trails and we will have time to hike all of them.  The hike will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Nature Center parking lot. We will first head south down the Dunlap Trail, connect to the West Lake Trail where we will loop around Chicopee Lake where we will take about 15 minute break and enjoy the lake.   Then back to the parking lot via the East Lake Trail.  Once at the parking lot we will pick up the Dodd Trail and Mathis Trail to bring us up to 6 miles.  

Hike begins promptly at 9:00 am - we will be back to the Nature Center parking lot at approximately 12:00 p.m. (those that are carpooling should be back to Mansell Park and Ride before 1:00 p.m.)

This hike will be at a leisurely pace - less than 2 1/2 miles per hour.

Visit for more information about Elachee Nature Center and Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve

There are no restroom facilities available on Sunday.  The car pool drive time is approximately 1 hour which will allow ample time to find restroom faclities nearby.

Carpool - please arrive to the Mansell Park and Ride by 7:20 to allow time to meet your fellow hikers - we will leave Mansell at 7:30.

Required Items to Bring:

Hiking shoes/boots

Lots of Water/Snacks 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta, go north on I-85

Take the I-985 Exit and continue to Exit 17.

Turn left off ramp onto Hwy 13 (Atlanta Highway)

Continue past the Chicopee Woods Golf Course on the right

Turn right at the next road ("G" Avenue) and make an immediate right onto "A" Avenue which becomes Elachee Drive. 

Continue on Elachee Drive for 1 mile through the golf course, on the bridge over I-985, and continue straight into the gravel trail head parking lot.

Elachee Nature Center     2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA  30504

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):80Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 7:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $32.00 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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