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Coopers Furnace and Hurricane Hollow

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location:   Hike: Coopers Furnace and Hurricane Hollow  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Tue, Mar 12 2019  10:30 am >> Tue, Mar 12 2019 1:00 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Mar 8 2019 3:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Mar 12 2019 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate (Exploratory)
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 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.
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Warning:  This hike is definitely exploratory in nature as I have not hiked all of the parts of the intended trek.  Much of the hike will be on lightly used trails or abandoned woods roads and parts will include bushwhacking.  I estimate as much as half of the hike will include areas I have not hiked before so they will be new to me.  Only sign up for this hike if you are adventurous and willing to wander in the woods a bit.  I would strongly advise against this hike for beginners.

Let’s hike around Coopers Furnace and then explore Hurricane Hollow, where iron ore and Manganese was mined back in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  .  We will park at the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) visitors center at Lake Allatoona and begin our hike there.  

We will visit the overlook above the Allatoona Dam before heading down to Coopers Furnace.  From there we will head over to Hurricane Hollow where the true exploration begins.  Although I have explored parts of the Hollow, this hike will definitely be exploratory as we look for further evidence of the long ago abandoned mining operations.  We will climb part way of the shoulder of Pine Mountain on a long abandoned woods road before heading off trail to try to find a way down the mountain. 

Our hike will transit about 6 miles with some elevation gain as we hike part way of the shoulder of Pine Mountain.   I would definitely not recommend this hike for beginners due to the overall elevation gain and length of the hike.

There are bathrooms in the ACE visitor center along with a very interesting museum giving a history of the building of the Allatoona dam and lake and of the former town of Etowah which now sits under about 100 feet of water behind the dam.

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How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • Take I-75 north towards Cartersville
  • After passing the Cartersville exits, take exit 290 
  • At bottom of ramp, turn right onto Route 20
  • IMMEDIATELY after turning onto Route 20, take right onto Route 20 Spur.  This turn is literally 400 feet after turning onto Route 20
  • Proceed approximately 4 miles on 20 Spur to the end.  
  • At the end, you will see a barricade in front of you. Turn up drive to the right that goes up the the Army Corps of Engineers project office at Lake Allatoona.  Park anywhere.

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