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Saturday Morning Adventure in Decatur

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Mason Mill Recreation Center, Decatur   Hike: Saturday Morning Adventure in Decatur  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Mar 31 2018  9:00 am >> Sat, Mar 31 2018 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Mar 26 2018 7:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Mar 31 2018 9:00 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:9.5 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:20
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 20 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's get out and explore the 4 parks in the Emory/Decatur area this weekend. The 4 parks mentioned are Mason Mill, Medlock, Ira B. Melton, and Lullwater.

We'll start our hike at Mason Mill, taking the boardwalk built by the Path Foundation to Medlock Park. We'll wander off the Path a bit to see if we can spot any woodland creatures and to cross over to Melton Park. If the creek there isn't full, we will cross it. From Melton, we'll head on over to the new tunnel, also built by the Path Foundation that lets hikers cross Clairmont safely. There's a suspension bridge at Lullwater that we'll take to cross the creek there as well. The total distance for this adventure will be about 9 - 9.5 miles.


We will meet in front of the restrooms/playground at Mason Mill. There's plenty of free parking there. Please arrive a few minutes early for checking in and introductions.


Small to medium sized and well- behaved dogs are welcome. 


After the hike, if anyone is interested in joining me for lunch at La Parilla (Mexican Restaurant) at nearby Toco Hills, you're welcome to join me.

Required Items to Bring:

Water or sports drink

Hiking shoes or boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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A walking stick to help with crossing the creek

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

The street address for the administrative building at Mason Mill Park is
1340 McConnell Dr., Decatur, GA 30033

You can click the square blue &  green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article for a zoomable map of our gathering spot for the hike in the Park's large free parking lot.  GPS users can enter this concise Lat/Lon as your Destination Address  (being sure to include the comma and minus sign): 33.8079, -84.3065


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!)

2. Turn Left onto Mc Connell Drive, go just 0.1 mile, and turn Right at the stop sign to stay on McConnell.  (Note the small "Mason Mill" directional sign here.)

3. Then turn Left almost immediately at the  "Mason Mill Park"  entrance sign into the large free parking lot.  We'll gather by the stone Restroom building just inside
 that main entrance, adjoining the children's playground.



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