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Cherokee Trail with Kings Island

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Stone Mountain Park
Date(s) & Time:Wed, Nov 13 2019  10:00 am >> Wed, Nov 13 2019 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Fri, Nov 8 2019 12:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Tue, Nov 12 2019 8:00 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:6 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
Kim S
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


The Cherokee Trail circles the base of the mountain, meandering along waterways, through forested areas, and passes by many of the park attractions. This white blazed path is aproximately 5 miles, but we will add another easy mile on the purple blazed path around Kings Island near the Grist Mill.

The pace will be moderate but steady with breaks for water and a photo or two. Park in the large lot near the History and Environmental Education Center (aka Confederate Hall.) We will gather beside the restrooms at the base of the walk up trail.

The daily parking pass is $20 or $40 for an annual park pass. As an option, there is a free parking lot outside the gates at 995 5th Street, Stone Mountain. This is a local MARTA Park & Ride lot that is a 15 minute walk to the PATH entrance on neighborhood sidewalks. Follow E Mountain St until it deadends in front of the small gate. The PATH passes around it and is across the street from the Education Center parking area. Just factor an extra 20+ minutes to park and walk in.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Shoes with grippy soles- Some of the trail is over solid granite slabs which can be very slick under regular sneakers.
  • A liter of water for good hydration
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Rain poncho or jacket if it looks like a sprinkle
  • Camera
  • Hiking poles or staff

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From Snellville/Athens (via U.S. Hwy 78) 
Take U.S. Highway 78 West. After crossing the overpass above East/West Park Place Blvd. near the Stone Mountain Tennis Center, exit to the left at the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance, exit 8. Follow this exit ramp cautiously around long curve to the East Gate entrance of Stone Mountain Park. 

From Downtown Atlanta (via I-20) 
Take I-20 East to I-285 North. Once on I-285 North, take Exit 39B, the U.S. Hwy 78 East (Snellville/Athens) exit. Travel 7.7 miles and take exit 8, the Stone Mountain Park Main Entrance. Follow the exit ramp to the East Gate entrance of Stone Mountain Park. 


Optional: Climb the mountain on your own for an additional 2 miles with 1700 ft of elevation and a lovely view of the Atlanta skyline and Appalachian Mountains.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on the Cherokee Trail or the walk up trail.

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