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Gibbs Gardens Fall Festival

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Ball Ground, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Oct 22 2017  9:00 am >> Sun, Oct 22 2017 2:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Sat, Sep 23 2017 8:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Oct 22 2017 7:00 am
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Distance:4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gayle M.
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Member Cost:$20.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Come meader with me thru Gibbs Gardens enjoying & taking pictures of all the beautiful Georgia fall colors. There’s no better place to witness the fall season’s colorful transformation than in Gibbs Gardens in North Georgia. The flowers and trees embody the season’s stunning physical beauty, and there’s plenty of live music, tasty food and other activities to get you in the spirit of everyone’s favorite time of year. There will be live Accordion music as you stroll through the gardens during autumn. Food will be available for purchase from the Arbor Cafe,, and bar-b-que from Madeline’s Coast 2 Coast Catering.  Wine and beer will also be available.

Gibbs Gardens, nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, includes 220 acres of breathtaking gardens set in mature rolling woodlands dotted with 24 ponds,19 waterfalls and myriad springs and streams with 32 bridge crossings. It’s also the country’s largest residential estate gardens. The gardens are composed of 16 gardens including 3 feature gardens – Manor House Gardens, Japanese and Waterlily Gardens.

Gibbs Gardens Map ~ (Click on the map to enlarge)

We will finish our hike thru the gardens at 2:00 pm to start our return trip back to the Mansell park & ride.


Tickets ~

Adults (18 to 64 years old): $20 per person + tax
Seniors (65+):  $18 per person + tax
Group Rates: $16.00 per person for an unguided group of 10 or more

Cash and credit card payments (Mastercard, Visa, Discover  and American Express) are accepted.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the day of the event. If driving yourself up to Gibbs Gardens wait for everyone to arrive before buying your ticket so we can get the group rate.


Visitor Information ~

No outside food or drinks (except water).

All bags, backpacks, packages, cases or containers are subject to search prior to entering the Gardens.  Failure to allow said search will result in you being asked to leave Gibbs Gardens.

No pets permitted with the exception of service animals.
Retractable leashes are not permitted.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Gibbs Gardens

1987 Gibbs Drive                                        GPS Coordinates ~
Ball Ground, GA 30107                                34.3789562, -84.2807406


  • Go north on Hwy 400 for approximately 30 miles to Hwy 369.
  • Turn LEFT onto Hwy 369 heading west.
  • Proceed approximately 12 miles and turn RIGHT on Yellow Creek Road. (See Big Canoe sign and tree nursery on left)
  • Continue on Yellow Creek Road 6.4 miles and turn RIGHT



  • Go north on I-75 to I-575
  • Exit onto I-575 and continue north to Exit 19A-B (Hwy 20 East).
  • Exit 19A heading east toward Cumming.
  • Proceed 8.3 miles to Hwy 369.
  • Turn LEFT onto Hwy 369 and go 2 miles to 4-way stop.
  • Cross Hwy 372 and continue straight for 1.8 miles then turn LEFT onto Yellow Creek Road.
    (See the Big Canoe sign and tree nursery on the right.)
  • Continue on Yellow Creek Road 6.4 miles and turn RIGHT on Gibbs Drive GARDEN ENTRANCE.


Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):60Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $24.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.


The Trip Leader(s) for this event has (have) elected either to personally collect the funds that event participants are required to pay, or to require participants to pay funds directly to a third party. No funds will be paid to the Atlanta Outdoor Club for this event. Therefore, by registering for this event, you acknowledge and agree to the following: (1) the monies paid by registrants will not be monitored, managed, or otherwise accounted for by the Atlanta Outdoor Club; (2) that the Atlanta Outdoor Club bears no financial responsibility for this event; and (3) you waive any and all claims against the Atlanta Outdoor Club, and hold the Atlanta Outdoor Club harmless for the loss of any monies you paid for this event.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, any paying registrant may request directly from the Trip Leader, prior to the event, a breakdown of funds collected, estimated expenses, and deposits made in anticipation of the event. Following the event, the Trip Leader must complete his or her financial accounting for the event, with supporting documentation, within 30 days of the completion of the event, and a paid registrant may request a breakdown of funds collected, money spent and supporting documentation after that time. If you are unable to obtain requested documentation, please contact the Director of Paid Events.

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

Member Cost:$20.00/Person
Cost Includes:

Tickets to be purchased directly from Gibbs Gardens either at the gate or online

Adults (18 to 64 years old): $20 per person + tax
Seniors (65+):  $18 per person + tax
Group Rates: $16.00 per person for an unguided group of 10 or more

Cash and credit card payments (Mastercard, Visa, Discover  and American Express) are accepted.

Tickets may be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.

Make a Payment:Although there is a cost for this event, you do not pay through the AOC. Please review the event details carefully for information about how/where to make your payment.

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

All funds to be paid directly to Gibbs Gardens - no money collected by AOC or Trip Leader