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Ferns & Flowers Hike at Gold Branch with Ranger Hightower

The Basics:
Event Type:Learn
Event Location: 6156 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 30068
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Apr 19 2019  3:00 pm >> Fri, Apr 19 2019 5:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 17 2019 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Apr 19 2019 1:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:3 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Gayle M.
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:20
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join Ranger Hightower for a leisurely hike thru Gold Branch learning all about the ferns & flowers along the trail. You MUST register with the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area at 678-538-1200. Then register here with the AOC.

This is the write-up by Ranger Hightower:

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Description: Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a wonderful spring  loop hike through oak, hickory, and beech forests and Rhododendron/Mountain Laurel thickets along the ridges above Bull Sluice Lake.  This is an excellent area for viewing wildlife. We will meander through mesic and xeric forest and examine the differences.  Along the shores of Bull Sluice Lake we might glimpse Osprey, Great Blue Herons, other water fowl, and perhaps a Muskrat or Beaver.  The shores of Gold Branch Cove are particularly rich with spring wildflowers and ferns, so please join us.

Location:  We will meet in the parking area and trail head in the parking area on Lower Roswell Road in Cobb County.

Facilities: none

Difficulty: This hike is moderately strenuous with a few steep slopes and one fairly difficult steep creek ravine. 

Bring: Remember to dress for the weather and wear very comfortable hiking shoes.  Dress in layers so that you can adjust to changes in the temperature and your activity level.  Carry water. You may wish to bring binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera.  Note: A $5. daily entrance fee or an annual pass is required.

Reservations are required by calling 678-538-1200.


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Binoculars, hand lens, notebook, and camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

6156 Lower Roswell Road            GPS Coordinates ~

Marietta, GA 30068                     33.984480, -84.385302

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