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Springlike Midday Hike at Emory’s Hahn Woods & Lullwater Park

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Hahn Woods parking lot, at 866 Houston Mill Rd in NE Atlanta   Hike: Springlike Midday Hike at Emory’s Hahn Woods & Lullwater Park  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Feb 7 2019  12:00 pm >> Thu, Feb 7 2019 2:00 pm
Registration Opens: Tue, Feb 5 2019 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Feb 7 2019 10:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Charlie Cottingham
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
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


This Thursday's midday weather is expected to be ideal for dayhike - in the low 70s, with lots of sunshine and "spring splendor" popping out all around us!  Hope you can join me for this 2- hour moderately paced hike via the scenic creekside trails of Emory University's parklands.  We’ll gather a few minutes before 12:00 Noon in the FREE Hahn Woods parking lot —See easy Directions & GPS info below.
   For any who wish to bring a light picnic lunch or snack, we can enjoy these on the park benches beside our cars while gathering for the event.  After introducing ourselves we'll begin the hike via the pretty Hahn Woods loop trail just downhill of the parking lot, then cross Houston Mill Road via a trail under the bridge and explore a rustic side trail up the hill to the historic Houston Mill House.  We'll continue through the forest to the Emory President's estate and lake at Lullwater Park.  After a thrilling walk across South Peachtree Creek via its $190,000 footbridge (photo below) we'll hike to several more scenic spots before arriving back at Hahn Woods at about 2:00.
We'll take a moderate pace, stopping occasionally to regroup and for photo-ops at several scenic spots—about 4 miles total.  If anyone needs to "split" early from the group, that's fine - just let me know.  It's easy to find your way back to the parking lot from anywhere along our hiking route.
MORE ABOUT the PARK and its TRAILS:  The 185-acre nature preserve at Emory's Hahn Woods and Lullwater Park boasts an amazing variety of scenery.  These parklands and their miles of wooded trails are prized by hikers as "crown jewels" of Emory's extensive campus here in NE Atlanta.  Attractions include old mill ruins & waterfalls
 (photo above) along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek - also the creek's 210-foot-long swinging footbridge, Lullwater House, beautiful Candler Lake, thousands of native trees & flowering plants, and frequent sightings of songbirds, raptors and other critters.  We've even had amazing views of wild otters swimming and cavorting in Peachtree Creek below the footbridge! 

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BRING FIDO if you LIKE!  Lullwater Park is a popular place for dog walking.  Your well-behaved dog is welcome provided he or she is leashed and under your control at all times.

Click here for Scott & Laura Erich's colorful SmugMug photo album:

CLICK HERE for a brief history of LULLWATER PARK including several fascinating old  photos:.   Also you can find at the DeKalb County library the following book with more about Emory's creekside parklands:  Peachtree Creek - a Natural and Unnatural History of Atlanta's Watershed" by David R. Kaufman.

Required Items to Bring:

• Wear comfortable well-broken-in Athletic Shoes or Hiking Boots with a coarse tread and comfortable Lightweight Clothing layers appropriate for the weather.

• Hydrate in advance and carry in your pack a filled Water Bottle (or other favorite soft beverages)—or if you have one, your filled "Camelbak" or other hydration system. 

Recommended Items to Bring:
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• As I suggest above, 
if you'd like to bring a Snack or light Picnic Lunch we can take a few minutes to enjoy these on the benches by the parking lot while gathering for the hike.

• Bring Trekking Poles if you have a pair and like to use them.  A simple Hiking Stick (or single Trekking Pole) is an excellent alternative.

• Since there are so many great photo ops don't forget your SmartPhone or Cameraalso perhaps lightweight Binocs if you have a pair, for getting a better look at birds, etc.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:
HAHN WOODS STREET ADDRESS:  866 Houston Mill Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
For a zoomable map or satellite view of this parking & gathering spot click the square blue &  green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article.
1. In NE Atlanta get off I-85 at Exit 91, "Clairmont Rd."
2. Take Clairmont Road southward (toward Decatur) about 2.4 miles to the traffic light at Mason Mill Road. (This is the 2nd light past the big Clairmont/ North Druid Hills intersection).
3. Turn Right onto Mason Mill Rd and go 0.6 mile to the traffic light at Houston Mill Rd.
4. Turn Left onto Houston Mill Road and go just 0.3 mile down the hill.  Just beyond the bridge turn Right into the gravel Hahn Woods lot where we can safely park during the hike.  In the unlikely event that this lot is full (or has its gate locked) there's also free street-side parking along the shoulder of Mason Mill Road, just a 3- or 4-minute walk northward.

CONCISE LAT/ LON  for GPS & Users:  Feel free to enter the following as an alternate Destination Address for our Hahn Woods gathering spot, being sure to include the comma and minus sign: 33.8038, -84.3233

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Cost Includes:

No Charge!  Free Event with Free Parking.

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