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Mason Mill Park + Emory via new PATH Peachtree Creek Tunnel under Clairmont Rd
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Feb 18 2018 2:00 pm >> Sun, Feb 18 2018 4:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Feb 16 2018 11:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Feb 18 2018 12:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||15|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||23 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: Nice springlike weather is expected this Sunday with partly sunny skies and ideal hiking temperatures in the mid-60s. Hope you can join us for this relatively easy but "groundbreaking" adventure that will introduce AOCers to the PATH Foundation's exciting new South Peachtree Creek "tunnel" here in NE Atlanta. It allows us to safely hike underneath Clairmont Road between Mason Mill Park and Emory University's Lullwater Preserve via the trails that adjoin the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. (Click PATH links below for more info.)
Bring your well-behaved dog if you like, but please make sure that he or she is leashed and under your control at all times.
MORE ABOUT the PARKS, TRAILS and HIKING OPTIONS: The pretty DeKalb County parks & trails mentioned above now connect with one another - and also with Medlock Park and Ira Melton Park - via a network of heavily forested trails and raised boardwalks. The South Peachtree Creek Trail is the main artery through this "multi-park corridor," and like the Silver Comet Trail is built to the high standards of Atlanta's "PATH Foundation." Branching from it are several miles of ruggedly scenic narrow trails, many which wind around loops in "South Fork Peachtree Creek" and its tributaries. An impressive section of the main PATH Trail traverses the railroad track via a 3-story-wooden deck and walkway. Here hikers and bikers are treated to aerial views of the restored ruins of the historic early-20th-Century Decatur Waterworks. The highest portion of the deck has proven to be a good dark spot for urban "skygazing" - i.e, viewing the stars & planets, sunsets, moonrises, eclipses, meteor showers, comets, etc. In the Waterworks area is a set of large flat stepping stones across the creek, allowing hikers to access Ira Melton Park's white-blazed loop trail.
CLICK THESE LINKS for PATH INFO & PHOTOS about the new connection between Mason Mill Park & Emory and other new or recent PATH projects in the area:
|How to Get There:|
FROM the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA to our MASON MILL PARK Meetup Spot: (For a zoomable color MAP and satellite view of this spot and its vicinity click on the square blue & green "Event Location" near the top of this article.)
1. From the I-85 "Clairmont Road" Exit (Exit #91) in NE Atlanta take Clairmont Rd southward (toward Decatur) about 2.3 miles to the traffic light at McConnell Drive. (This is the next light south of the big Clairmont/ North Druid Hills intersection. If you reach the huge VA Hospital you've gone a couple of blocks too far!)
LAT/LON COORDINATES of the Mason Mill Park spot where we'll meet: (You GPS or Google.com/maps users may wish to augment my above verbal directions by entering these map coordinates as your destination address.)
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Free Event with Free Parking!
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