Full Moon rise and ATL Nightime Skyline from Stone Mountain on a warm winter evening - Thu, Jan 12 2017

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Full Moon rise and ATL Nightime Skyline from Stone Mountain on a warm winter evening

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park   Hike: Full Moon rise and ATL Nightime Skyline from Stone Mountain on a warm winter evening  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jan 12 2017  5:45 pm >> Thu, Jan 12 2017 7:20 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Jan 10 2017 12:02 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Jan 12 2017 5:00 pm
Event Duration:1 Hours 35 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:2.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:4
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Are Dogs Permitted: No


Although the daylight hours are still short, there's no need to sit on the couch in the evening. Come out and join us for an evening hike up Stone Mountain, watch the full moon rise, and view the Atlanta skyline on a clear evening.

We will take a side trail through the woods that will keep us off the walk-up trail most of the way to the top.  At the top of the mountain, we will head across to the east side, have a seat in a peaceful location, and watch the Full Moon rise. We'll spend 15 or 20 minutes enjoying the moonrise before continuing a stroll, making a wide circle around the top of the mountain to view the lights and sights of the surrounding area.

Currently, the weather forecast is calling for mostly clear skies on Thursday evening and it will be a very welcome unusually warm January evening.

The hike will begin between Confederate Hall and the restrooms. PLEASE BE THERE 6 - 8 MINUTES EARLY FOR SIGN UP AND INTRODUCTION and review the park map and parking options in order to be on time!

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water or sports drink
  • Headlamp or Flashlight
  • Good Hiking or trail shoes.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Snack
  • Camera
  • Jacket and/or layers to remain comfortable.
  • Binoculars

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

GPS Coordinates: 33.81076800026398, -84.16212379932403

Vehicle access to Stone Mountain Park:  $15 per day.  Annual pass is $40.

Directions: 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.  Look for the large Confederate Hall parking lot on your left where we park during the hike.  We'll gather at our "usual AOC meetup spot," by the stone restroom building at the base of the Walk-Up Trail

You can also enter through the West Gate entrance, in Stone Mountain Village. If you enter here, turn right through the gate and you're just almost to the Confederate Hall parking lot on your left.


There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park.  There is usually plenty of free parking just outside the Park in the Stone Mountain Village area.  The Village is near the Park's "West Gate" entrance which is quite close to Confederate Hall and the Walk-Up trailhead.  You can park near the railroad tracks and walk about 1/2 mile up East Mountain Street and directly into the park, through a small gate (Note that this gate is locked soon after sunset and you have to walk out around the nearby West Gate and then left to get back to East Mountain Street.)

Another such free parking lot is the "Red Caboose Visitor Center" lot on the Main Street, which has its own paved walking/biking trail into the Park, much like the Silver Comet Trail. To drive to that lot, get off US-78 (Stone Mtn Freeway) at Exit #5, then bear right to exit again about a half mile ahead, turn left onto E. Ponce de Leon Ave, go through the first traffic light onto Main Street and continue about a half mile and look for the red caboose on your left.  In about 10 minutes you can walk into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yards) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead. (Note the gate on this PATH trail is often locked soon after sunset).

Additional directions and maps can be found at: 

http://www.stonemountainpark.com/activities/map/overview. aspx

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