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Emery Creek Trail and Waterfalls

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Near Chatsworth, GA   Hike: Emery Creek Trail and Waterfalls  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Sep 29 2019  8:30 am >> Sun, Sep 29 2019 8:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 am   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Mon, Sep 23 2019 7:34 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Sep 28 2019 7:34 pm
Event Duration:12 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Distance:8.5 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


The stunning Emery Creek Trail sits on the edge of the Cohutta Wilderness area within the WMA. We will take the seldom used Emery Creek Trail and see up to 5 different waterfalls (depending on water levels) along this trail. 

We will start the hike at the parking lot as it gradually climbs up and along Emery Creek to the falls at the end, once we have rested and had lunch we will climb up and along a ridgeline off trail for approximately 1.5 miles to some hidden ruins.  After spending some time at the ruins we will hike about another 1.5 miles off-trail along a different ridge until we hit the trail again. We'll then follow the trail back to the trailhead.  

This hike has  MANY  river crossings, please make sure you are comfortable with this and bring a change of socks in case your shoes/boots get wet. River shoes for the crossings are highly recommended. This hike has 3+ miles of off-trail hiking making it a challenging D5.

As a bonus at the end of the hike we will drive a couple of miles and hike down a short steep hill to see Holly Creek Falls if time permits.

We plan to eat dinner on the way back if the group desires.

Required Items to Bring:

River Shoes
Food - lunch/snacks
Spare pairs of socks
Water/sports drink - at least 2.5 litres (or if you carry a filter you can filter from the creek)
Change of clothes for the ride home
Cash for the carpool driver

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles
Insect repellant w/ DEET
Sense of humor.

How to Get There:
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):150Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 am
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Carpool Cost: Estimated cost per vehicle for this event is $60.00 using a reimbursement rate guideline of $0.400 per mile. The total amount should be divided by the number of people in the vehicle, including the driver. This is a guideline, not a rule, for drivers but the cost should not be higher unless there are extenuating circumstances.

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