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2018-09-16 Morning @ Cochran Shoals & More ....

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cochran Shoals Unit Interstate North   Hike: 2018-09-16 Morning @ Cochran Shoals & More ....  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 16 2018  8:00 am >> Sun, Sep 16 2018 10:30 am
Registration Opens: Thu, Aug 30 2018 6:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Sep 16 2018 8:00 am
Event Duration:Approx. 2.5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6.4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Bill Wey
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 18 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


<<< Potential Weather >>>

There may be a chance of light rain/shower, but when weather is warm it can be more comfortable and refreshing to go hiking than staying indoors. Bring rain gear if you prefer, even though we’ll be totally sweaty and wet anyway. So bring clean shirt for change is probably even more important for your comfort.

<<< Itinerary >>>

Come join us at Cochran Shoals. The Cochran Shoals trails have a few moderate climbs in our route, but nothing too strenuous.

We'll cover sections of Interstate North and Columns Drive at the Cochran Shoals unit of CRNRA.

BTW check out our easy jog event right before this hike at the same location. Yeah! We get 2 birds at 1 stone!

We’ll meet and start from the Interstate North parking lot. It's better to arrive a little earlier before the starting time for getting a parking (not very easy on weekend), restroom, and introduction.

We’ll follow the river going north-east to Columns Drive entry, and then loop around to take the inland trail going south-west until we reach the junction before a bridge. From there, we’ll take the narrow Columns Drive Trail into the woods going north to its north end. We’ll take a short break before turning around going south to get out of the woods, then back to our starting point.

Restrooms are available at the parking lots of Interstate North and Columns Drive. Otherwise there are many trees and bushes along the way if you have to go.

Daily Parking fee is $5 cash, or display your annual pass. You can buy a daily parking pass at the parking lot as needed.

Annual pass is a great way to motivate oneself to keep coming back and enjoy all of the National Recreation Area parks and national parks throughout the USA. It is more convenient and very cost effective.

& More ....   for this event is our after hike

<<< Post Hiking Lunch Feast >>>

There is an optional lunch feast right after our hike. We will enjoy delicious dishes together. We will discuss the location and details before we're done with hiking. Bring your cell phone for direction. It'll take about 15 min. to get there, and we'll be done with our lunch feast in about a little over an hour. Bring $15 cash for lunch.

Required Items to Bring:


Water (Water fountains are available at both parking lots)

Good hiking boots/shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Cell phone for Lunch direction

Hiking poles


Rain gear just in case

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Address: 1956 Eugene Gunby Rd, Marietta, GA 30067

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From I-285 W, take exit 22 for New Northside Dr toward Northside Dr/Powers Ferry Rd. Turn right onto New Northside Dr. Continue onto Interstate N Pkwy for about 0.8 mile and the parking entry is on the right.

From I-285 E, take exit 22 for New Northside Dr toward Northside Dr/Powers Ferry Rd. Turn left onto New Northside Dr. Continue onto Interstate N Pkwy for about 0.8 mile and the parking entry is on the right.


1. This event may be cancelled and rescheduled if weather conditions are not satisfactory for an enjoyable outing.

2. Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of the trip leader.

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

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