Vickery Creek & Allenbrook Grand Tour - Thu, Dec 19 2019

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Vickery Creek & Allenbrook Grand Tour

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Roswell, GA. 30075   Hike: Vickery Creek & Allenbrook Grand Tour  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Dec 19 2019  10:00 am >> Thu, Dec 19 2019 12:45 pm
Registration Opens: Mon, Dec 16 2019 6:04 pm
Registration Cut Off: Thu, Dec 19 2019 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:6.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Allen D
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:14
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 11 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes



STARTING FROM THE SOUTH PARKING LOT ON RIVERSIDE ROAD.  We will have a nice tour of most of Vickery Creek Trails at a brisk pace,  I hope we can get in 5.5-6 miles for a high D2 or low D3 event.

We will ascend briefly to the highpoint and wind our way down to the north side of the park and walk along the rushing river. The climax of our hike will be arriving at the covered bridge, Roswell Mill and dam, with a quick touch-and-go view of the spillway (and bathroom break, if needed).  We wlll then return to the parking area and, depending on our progress, have the option to zip across Big Creek to the AllenBrook portion of the unit for another 1.5 miles.

There are bathrooms at Riverside Park, and the covered bridge.

Afterwards you may join us for lunch at Samad's Grill, a short drive away, likely with the Island Ford hikers.

The trail is well marked, but with many intersections, so the group will need to stay in sight of each other.  The footing is generally smooth, with occasional roots and rocks as is typical of the woods.  

Vickery Creek was originally called Cedar Creek, then named after Charlotte Vickery, a Cherokee woman born in 1788. She lived in Roswell and must have seen the expulsion of her people, yet remained in Geogia. Wouldn't it be fascinating to know more about her story??!   It's name became Big Creek after the Civil war.

The creek powered one of the South's most important mills during the 1800s. Supplying textiles for Confederate uniforms, the mill was a primary target for Gen. William Sherman whose troops destroyed the facility during the Civil War. Like the New Manchester Mill in Sweetwater Creek State Park, its workers were captured and exiled north of the Ohio River, and most never returned. Unlike that mill, Roswell mill was rebuilt and used into the 20th century.

How the land was preserved as woods until the '70's is unclear. Then it was consolidated into the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area by President Jimmy Carter.  CRNRA is one of the most popular national parks in the country because of its urban access, and has millions of visitors every year.

National Park Map of Vickery Creek 

AllTrails Map of Vickery Creek, with mileage for each trail segment. NOTE:  Our route will be different.

Required Items to Bring:

- Plenty of Water, as you require

- Hiking Shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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- Camera

- Hiking Poles

- After Hike Dry Shoes

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

We are meeting at the Riverside Road Parking Lot entrance to Vickery Creek. $5 Parking Pass is needed, or your annual CRNRA pass. Free parking is available up the street 1/10 mile at Riverside Park.

Physical address:   400 Riverside Road, Roswell Ga. 30075

GPS Coordinates: 34°00'26.5"N 84°21'02.6"W



"FREE PARKING" across the street at Riverside Park.  $5 Parking passes needed at trailhead.

Volunteer Opportunity:  AOC leaders propose we "adopt" this CRNRA unit for trail maintenance over the next few years, so take note of current trail conditions, and how you might join a trail maintenance project to clean up after some excavation, clear some brush, or feed trail workers, for example.  Which trails need help?  

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