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Afternoon Hike at Island Ford

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Chattahoochee NRA – Island Ford branch, Sandy Springs, GA   Hike: Afternoon Hike at Island Ford  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Mar 5 2018  2:00 pm >> Mon, Mar 5 2018 4:45 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Mar 4 2018 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Mon, Mar 5 2018 1:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's start this hike on the right foot along the Chattahoochee River.

Island Ford Park in Sandy Springs, GA, is the location of the Chattahoochee River National Park Headquarters and Visitor Contact Station. It provides some nice trails, a canoe launch, and picnic areas.

We will start at the smaller, first parking lot and get warmed up hiking the 'lolly pop' trail first, which is the newer trail. This trail is about 3 miles long and takes us through the woods. It has some elevation and a few nice bridges. We will end up at the first parking lot and continue our hike on the more established 2+ mile trail along the river. There are two small creeks to hop over, but don't worry, there are plenty of stepping stones. Most of the trail is fairly wide.

This is not a beginner hike. We will walk at a moderate pace and only stop at strategic points for water breaks and to regroup.

If you are bringing your dog, please make sure you adhere to the laws of the park and your dogs get along with other dogs.

We will meet at the first parking lot to your left. Please be on time as we will start the hike promptly at the designated time. If everybody is there early, then we can start ahead of schedule.


Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of water

Weather appropriate clothing

Good hiking shoes

$3.00 for parking if you do not have an annual pass

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

From northbound US 19 and GA 400

Take exit #6 (Northridge Road). 
Coming off the exit, stay in the right lane, cross over GA 400, and turn right onto Dunwoody Place. 
Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive. 
Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right. 

From southbound US 19 and GA 400

Take exit #6 (Northridge Road) 
Continue straight ahead at the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place. 
Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive. 
Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.

We will meet at the first parking lot to your left - not at the Visitor's Center!


Here is a link to more information about the park:

This is a link to the trail map:

The visitor's center will be closed when we start our hike, so there won't be any bathroom facilities at the park.

This park requires a $3.00 parking fee unless you have an annual pass.

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