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Apple Tour and Hiking/Mountain Biking


The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Various
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 19 2003  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 17 2003 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Trip Leader(s):
Patrick Barry
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Itinerary:
Intermediate (approximately 10 miles of mountain biking)

Oh how splendid Fall can be! The leaves begin to change color, the air is a bit cooler and a Sunday morning drive cant be beat! We will drive across HWY 52 and make approximately four stops (at different orchards) for apples, pies, cider, fritters and anything else made with apples. Other fresh fruits and vegetables are available.

Now that weve loaded up on apples, time to burn some calories. HWY 52 connects with GA 400 in Dahlonega and Helen is not too far away. Our next stop is Unicoi State Park. At this point the group will split in two, with one group hiking the Unicoi to Helen Trail, passing along Smith Creek Trail. Many beautiful sights will be found along the Smith Creek Trail, including hardwood forest, springs and brooks and a boulderfield.

Depending on where the group parks and begins the hike, distance: approximately 5 miles (2.5 mileseach way).and the other group riding the Helen trail. Much of the trail has been used as part of the NORBA Nationals Race course. It is a lot of fun with its twists, turns and stream crossings. time: 1.5 hours, distance 6.4 miles.Both of these trails lead to downtown Helen, where our hikers/riders have the opportunity to join in the Oktoberfest celebration for some suds and grub before heading back on their respective trail. Well play it by the seat of our pants and take a group vote on whether we should stop for a few suds.

Required Items to Bring:
Helmet
Bike
Water
Riding gear
Hiking gear
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Cooler for apple cider, pies, etc.
Camera
Snacks

How to Get There:
Event Directions:North Georgia 8:00 am in the hotel parking lot. From Atlanta, take 75 north to 575. Take 575 north to 515. Take 515 to 52 East. We will make approximately four stops for apples, pies, cider, fritters and anything else made with apples along Hwy 52. If you wish to ride or hike, that portion of this event will begin around Noon. Meet in the parking lot of Unicoi State Park.

Notes:

Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Apple tour yes, ride/hike (judgment call)
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:You need to bring money with you in order to cover the following:

Share gasoline expenses.
$2.00 covers your ride permit
$2.00 per automobile (likely)

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