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I Have a Dream: hike 4 CNRA parks in one day

The Basics:
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Event Type:Hike
Event Location: North River Tavern parking lot, Roswell   Hike: I Have a Dream: hike 4 CNRA parks in one day  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Mon, Jan 21 2019  8:30 am >> Mon, Jan 21 2019 6:00 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 14 2019 5:53 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jan 20 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:9 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:16 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Mike S
Ann Howard
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


If you love hiking the Chattahoochee National Recreation Areas and you have MLK Day off work, this hike may be for you.

Read all of this, this is not your usual CNRA hike.

We are going to hike 4 different CNRA parks all in 1 day.  You must do all 4 hikes to receive credit for the event.

We’ll meet in the North River Tavern parking lot for the carpool.  From there we’ll head to Island Ford for about 5 miles of hiking, taking in a little waterfall, lots of beech trees, and the cave along the way. Next we’ll go to Gold Branch and put in another 3 miles.  Of course we’ll check on the remains of the Studebaker we all associate with Gold Branch. We'll also enjoy a lunch break (bring your own lunch) at Gold Branch. Now we are halfway.  Next up is Cochran Shoals/Sope Creek.  Our approach will be from the Columns Drive entrance.  We’ll pay our respects at the old Scribner family cemetery and then loop past the ruins.  This will be another 5 miles.  The penultimate leg of the day will be at East Palisades.  We’ll park at the Indian Trail entrance lot.  From there we’ll wind our way around to the scenic overlook and back to the parking lot, logging another 3 miles of hiking.  The final leg of our adventure will take us back to the North River Tavern parking lot. 

Overall we’ll hike in 4 of our favorite CNRA parks, logging about 16 miles.  Quite a day!

Your Trip Leaders plan to enjoy dinner - and toast the realization of our dream - at North River Tavern immediately following the event. All are welcome to join us.

This event is exploratory.  Most all of us have hiked in these parks, but we’ll be doing some adjusting of our routes depending on time and mileage.  In addition, we'll be commuting between parks and this is Atlanta, enough said.  Everyone on this hike will have to be flexible in terms of the mileage covered and the timing of hikes.  

As mentioned, we'll be carpooling between the parks.  Mike and Ann will drive, but we will need 1 more driver to accomodate all 12 of us.  If you are willing to drive, please indicate so, in the notes section, when you register for the event.  A parking pass is required at CNRA parks.

This is an all-day event comprising four CNRA parks. We will travel together between parks. Please do not sign up unless you intend to complete the entire event.

This is not a beginner hike. If you have not recently completed a D4 AOC event, the Trip Leaders may contact you to determine your suitability for this hike.


Required Items to Bring:

At least a liter of water


Broken in pair of hiking shoes or boots

Plastic bag/pad to put under dirty boots during car rides

Flexible attitude

Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

Dress in layers.  Temperatures will range fom the upper 20's to the upper 40's and back to the upper 20's over the course of our adventure.

Dry clothes for after the hike.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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