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Hidden Gems of Stone Mountain: An afternoon Adventure w/ Free Parking & Park Entrance
|Event Location:||OUTSIDE the PARK in SunTrust Bank parking lot, 5399 E Mountain St, Stone Mountain, GA|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Jan 6 2019 1:00 pm >> Sun, Jan 6 2019 4:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Jan 4 2019 8:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Jan 6 2019 12:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D3: 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:||14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
IN a NUTSHELL: The weather this Sunday afternoon is expected to be ideal for hiking - in the low-60s with clear blue skies! Hope you can join me for this moderately-paced "adventure hike."
WHERE & WHEN: We’ll gather a few minutes before 1:00 PM OUTSIDE the PARK in the free parking lot of the SunTrust Bank in the quaint old village of Stone Mountain. (See detailed Directions & GPS Info below). As pedestrians we'll also have the privilege of free Park entrance.
HIKE ITINERARY: After introductions we’ll hike into the Park via the half-mile paved "PATH" spur trail similar to NW Atlanta's "Silver Comet." We'll then pick up the orange-blazed Connector Trail that will take us eastward to the green-blazed Nature Garden Trail. While in that area we'll enjoy the special displays of native GA wildflowers, trees and shrubs. We'll then enjoy a pretty lakeside trail through the Boy Scout campground that connects to the white-blazed Cherokee Trail. After a short walk up the shoulder of Stonewall Jackson Drive we'll explore the Songbird Habitat Area via its lush Meadow Trail and Woods Trail. From there we'll hike down to a waterfall on the Cherokee Trail via a lovely short unmarked creekside trail and continue (partly via the "Cherokee") all the way around the mountain (counterclockwise). Off-trail stops will include the old Train Yard - also the outdoor Quarry Museum whose fascinating displays depict the history of the mountain's granite quarrying industry, which thrived from the late 1800s until the 1960s. We'll also hike via a lovely lakeside peninsula and causeway to the historic Carillon tower from the 1964 NYC World's Fair.
Along the way we intend to avoid disturbing the flora or fauna and to leave the mountain and its surrounding terrain in better shape than we find it by picking up and carrying out some of the bits of trash left by previous hikers. I'll bring a few small bags along for this worthy AOC "spruce-up" effort.
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DIRECTIONS to our Free Parking and Gathering Spot - theSUNTRUST BANK parking lot in Stone Mtn Village: For hiking groups such as ours we can park here and take advantage of the always-free Park admission for pedestrians and bicyclists. For a zoomable color online street map or satellite view of this spot click the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article. (Parking in the Village avoids the Inside-the-Park parking fees, currently $20 per day per vehicle, or $40 per year for the Park's "annual pass.")
1. From "Spaghetti Junction" (the I-285/I-85 interchange in NE Atlanta) take "I-285 East" (actually southward) toward Augusta) about 4.7 miles.
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Free Event with free Parking and free Stone Mtn Park pedestrian entrance!
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