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Giving back to Trails near Amicalola Falls + optional Dahlonega TrailFest participation

The Basics:
Event Type:Volunteer
Event Location: Jake and Bull Mountain rec area, 10 mi W of Dahlonega, GA (~1-hr drive from Atlanta)   Volunteer: Giving back to Trails near Amicalola Falls + optional  Dahlonega TrailFest participation  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 9 2017  8:45 am >> Sat, Sep 9 2017 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sat, Aug 26 2017 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 8 2017 1:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:2 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Charlie Cottingham
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:15
Minimum Group Size:0
Number Registered So Far: 4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


IMPORTANT!  All volunteers for this event (whether or not you're an Atlanta Outdoor Club member) should formally Pre-register via the REI Website by first clicking this link:

 Although this event is not directly sponsored by the Atlanta Outdoor Club we request that you ALSO register your participation as an AOC member-volunteer by clicking, etc. at the base of this article.

We want to thank our friends at REI 
who plan and manage their volunteer stewardship programs for inviting the AOC to partner with them in this worthy ~3-hour trail maintenance project.  We'll be focusing on improving existing trails in the lovely Jake and Bull Mountain recreation area, in the Chattahoochee Nat'l Forest a few miles east of Amicalola Falls State Park.  No previous experience is required!  Instruction, tools, safety gear, etc. will be provided by our friendly hosts from REI and the Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association.
  At about noontime after our work is done, we're invited to caravan with our REI hosts to their "Trailfest Outreach" headquarters in nearby Dahlonega (at this big annual festival on the town square) where they'll serve our volunteers a nice complimentary Lunch and Refreshments.  Click here for the festival's main webpage with all the details:
  Feel free to join us also at our own AOC Trailfest Outreach Tent (near REI's tents on the Square) and to also enjoy some of the many other activity options and special programs at the festival.  Special THANKS to our AOC Social Director Stacey Johnson and AOC Outreach Director DaveO
  AOCers who are into hiking are encouraged to gather at 1:00 at our our AOC Outreach Tent and caravan/carpool to nearby Woody Gap, just north of Dahlonega, for an easy 2-hour "Trail Magic" hike on the Appalachian Trail - see more about this in our other two AOC Trailfest event articles.

Jake & Bull Mountain Trail System -Info from the Internet:
The Jake Mountain and Bull Mountain Trails interconnect to form a complex system of scenic trails within a four square mile area in the Chattahoochee National Forest's Blue Ridge Ranger District about a ten-minute drive westward from downtown Dahlonega.. This is a mountainous and heavily wooded part of Lumpkin County.  The trail system consists of single-track dirt trails, gravel roads and renovated logging roads that are accessed by two trailhead.  There is fairly spacious dirt parking available at each trailhead - also primitive Camping is allowed in the area on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Elevations range from 1,700 to 2,500 feet. The single-track trails are shared by mountain bicycles, horses, and occasional hikers.  Although some of the area is subject to motor vehicle traffic but no motorized vehicles are allowed on the single-track trails.
Cautions: This area is open to various hunting seasons throughout the year, so consider wearing bright neon colors esp. at those times.  Also be esp. careful when using any roadways that may be shared with motor vehicles.

Use of primitive Campsites are on a first-come basis with no reservtion needed.
Open Season:

Water: No Drinking water 
Restroom: None


Required Items to Bring:

 Our REI hosts will email Details about what to Wear and Bring, + Directions, etc. to all volunteers who register properly via their website, as discussed above.

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

- Change of clean dry Clothes & Shoes to keep in your car and change into if necessary for Trailfest excursion, return drive home, etc.
- Lightweight Rain Gear in case there's a shower.
- Extra Water or cooler of Refreshments, etc. to keep in your vehicle if needed.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Specific Directions and other event details will be emailed to each registrant by our REI hosts, provided that you pre-register for the event via their above website link.

GPS and users can locate the Jake Mountain Parking Lot by entering the following concise Lat/Lon coordinates as your Destination Address: 34.5652,-84.1286
Be sure to include the comma, minus sign & decimal points.
The general driving route from north metro Atlanta is to take GA-400 North about 40 miles toward Dahlonega and bear westtward, and then northward, via about 20 more miles of well-maintained state & county roadways.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost Includes:

Free Event, with Lunch & Refreshments provided in Dahlonega by REI hosts after trail work is completed.

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