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Pounding the Palisades Pavement! Perfect for Beginners! Rottenwood Creek, Bob Callan Loop and Akers Mill East Trails

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 3444 Cobb Parkway SE, Atlanta GA 30339 - Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area - Paces Mill NW Atlanta
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Mar 26 2017  10:00 am >> Sun, Mar 26 2017 12:15 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 20 2017 2:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Mar 26 2017 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6.25 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Eric M
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
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: Yes


Located just inside I-285 in NW Atlanta lies one of our favorite local hiking spots with a wonderful variety of scenic trails, "West Palisades" aka the "Paces Mill" portion of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

The Rottenwood Creek, Bob Callan and Akers Mill East trails connect for a nice 6.25 miles out and back. By beginning at Paces Mill, the Rottenwood Creek trail is flat, giving your body a chance to warm up.  After the first mile, a series of steeper inclines unfold before you, steadily carrying you higher above the creek and out of the shade. The climb fizzles out into a gradual decline toward Akers Mill Drive. After 1.5 miles a trail sign notifies you of the transition to Bob Callan trail, under the Cumberland Parkway bridge. Continue on this paved path to the 2-mile point at Strayer University.  From there you follow the Akers Mill East Trail to the entrance to Cochran Shoals.  This is our midway point where we turn around and head back.

Please be prepared to arrive at 9:45am as we'll be setting off at 10:00am.  We'll meet in the center of the parking lot, near the parking pass Kiosk.  Parking is $3.00 unless you have your CRNRA Annual Parking Pass.  You can purchase the Daily Pass or the Annual Pass at the kiosk.( planyourvisit/fees.htm)


Required Items to Bring:

$3.00 for Parking (or CRNRA Annual Parking Pass)

Water, Snacks, Hiking or Athletic Shoes

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

3444 Cobb Parkway SE, Atlanta GA 30339

33.87012, -84.45316

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If proceeding Northbound on I-75 (from downtown Atlanta, Buckhead, etc.):

Take Exit 256, Mt. Paran Road. Left on Mt. Paran Road to U.S. 41 (Northside Parkway). Turn right on U.S. 41 for 1 mile cross the Chattahoochee and take an immediate right onto entrance road. 

If proceeding Southbound on I- 75 (from I-75/ I-285 Interchange near Marietta, etc.):

Take Exit 256, Mt. Paran Road. Right on Mt. Paran Road to U.S. 41 (Northside Parkway). Turn right on U.S. 41 for 1 mile cross the Chattahoochee and take an immediate right onto entrance road. 


There will be restrooms located at the beginning, middle and end of the hike in case nature calls.

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