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Beautiful Morning Hike on the Cherokee Trail - Stone Mountain
|Event Location:||Stone Mountain Park which is 15 miles East of Atlanta, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Aug 13 2017 9:00 am >> Sun, Aug 13 2017 11:30 am|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Aug 11 2017 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Aug 13 2017 7:00 am|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Gayle M.|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Please join me for a beautiful morning hike on the Cherokee Trail which goes around the base of Stone Mountain. We will not be going up the mountain.
We will make several stops to enjoy the beautiful trail, lake, nature garden and interesting views of the mountain. The trail is compact soil, exposed rock and woods.
Please arrive by 8:45 am for check-in, use of restroom facilities & introductions. We will start the hike PROMPTLY at 9:00 am. Allow for time to find a parking space and/or walk from one of the FREE parking lots (See Directions for details).
NOTE: I would like to stay together as a group so if you are someone that likes to go fast or up ahead this is not the hike for you.
The fee to enter the park is $15 unless you have an annual pass. Also see directions below for optional FREE parking locations.
We will meet in front of the bathrooms at Confederate Hall.
|How to Get There:|
GPS Coordinates: 33.81076800026398, -84.16212379932403
Parking in the Stone Mountain Lot: $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. Confederate Hall will be on your left. The parking lot will be immediately after. We’ll meet behind Confederate Hall near 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 about in the Confederate Hall parking lot.
OPTIONAL FREE PARK ENTRANCE FOR PEDESTRIANS & BICYCLISTS:
There's no charge for pedestrians or bicyclists to enter Stone Mountain Park or to enjoy the numerous free attractions inside the Park including the nice trails. If you don't have an annual Park Pass and wish to save the daily $15 parking fee, there are usually plenty of free parking spots just outside the Park in Stone Mountain Village. 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 up East Mountain Street and directly into the park.
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 to the "caboose lot" on your left. In about 10 minutes you can walk or ride your bike eastward into the Park via the paved PATH trail, turn left on Robt. E. Lee Blvd (for ~300 yard) and join the AOC group at the Walk-Up trailhead.
Additional directions and maps can be found at:
Be Aware: Put all your personal belongings out of sight in your vehicle. Lock your vehicle.
Stone Mountain Website is www.stonemountainpark.com. 770-498- 5690.
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Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.