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Leita Thompson Memorial Hike

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 1200 Woodstock Rd, Roswell, GA 30075   Hike: Leita Thompson Memorial Hike  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Jan 15 2019  10:00 am >> Tue, Jan 15 2019 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 10 2019 3:10 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Jan 15 2019 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Memphis Russ
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The trails at Leita Thompson Memorial Garden is near Woodstock, Roswell and Marietta.  There are 3 trails. The yellow one is 1.12 miles.  The blue one is 2 miles. The red one is 2.25 miles.  The red and blue trails offer a .25 mile extension around the lake.  We will mix the trails up in order to complete a total distance of 5 miles in 2 hours.  The trails are non-technical, soft, fine gravel paths that make a very comfortable hiking surface.  Due to a few short steep undulations through the woods you will receive a somewhat challenging workout, especially as we maintain a moderate pace.  Due to the pace and distance, this hike is Not for Beginners.  We will start promply at 10:00am.  You can reach Russ at 404-353-3077.

There is one Porta-Potty in the parking area.

Short history of the park: Leita Thompson, called “Miss Leita,” (1884-1978) had a strong appreciation for hard work, independence and women. At 16 years old, she joined the National Woman’s Party which later helped pass the woman suffrage amendment in 1920. She worked in banking and advanced to become one of the first female banking executives in the country. She advised women on retirement and provided disability assistance. She founded the Leitalift Foundation in 1956 to help support workingwomen make a living and achieve their goals. The foundation also provided social and professional recognition for outstanding women. For many years Leita Thompson, a hard working single woman herself, personally and through the Leitalift Foundation, made it possible for working women to enjoy a fuller life by providing housing on her property. Since the foundation's creation, at least 156 students, nurses, retirees and professional women received grants, support and recognition in the community.

Leita Thompson purchased the property in 1946 and made it her home until her death in 1978.  At that time her property, 107 acres, was left to the Leitalift Foundation. Later in 2001, the Leitalift Foundation donated it, more than 100 acres of prime, undeveloped land to the city of Roswell. The 2001 gift was then worth $20 million.

Today this land on Crossville Road consists of a dog park, pavilion, garden and miles of wooded trails in her name. The Arts Center West is now run by Roswell Visual Arts, a division of Roswell Recreation and Parks Department.


Feel free to join us for lunch afterwards at Panera Bread.  1/4 mile from Leita Thompson Memorial Park.

1195 Woodstock Road, Roswell, GA. 30075


(770) 643-9570


Required Items to Bring:

Water/gatorade to drink

Trail/hiking shoes/boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles

Sun Glasses


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Atlanta take GA-400 N to exit 7B W/Holcomb Bridge Rd in Roswell. Continue west on Holcomb Bridge Rd for 5.7 miles. On your right you will pass Chick-fil-a and Mountain Park Rd. Take the next right. This is the entrance for the dog park and Art Center West.  Make an immediate left for the gravel parking lot a.k.a. Overflow Parking lot.

If you enter the pavilion parking area you can park there and/or follow the signs to the overflow parking lot. As you head back toward Hwy 92/Woodstock Hwy, see the signs on your left that read "Overflow Parking" and "One Way." Take the gravel road through the woods and park at the top of the hill. Come out of the woods to the gravel parking lot.

There is no fee to park.



We will meet in the overflow parking area.  Use the Dog park/Art Center West entrance and proceed to the left to park at the gravel parking lot (we are NOT meeting behind the pavillion).


You do not need a parking pass or cash to park here.


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