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Saturday Morning at Sope Creek - - Starting at Sope Creek Elementary School

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Marietta, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 11 2020  9:30 am >> Sat, Jan 11 2020 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Jan 9 2020 7:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 11 2020 9:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:7 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Joyce T.
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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:4
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Let's start the weekend off with a steady, minimal-stop hike starting at the Sope Creek unit but including the middle section of Cochran Shoals as well. In order to avoid a crowded weekend parking lot, we'll start the hike from Sope Creek Elementary School, about 1/4 mile down Papermill Road from the official Sope Creek CRNRA parking lot. The school address is 3320 Papermill Road, Marietta, GA.  It's a large parking lot, and it's free!  (We'll park at the far end of the parking lot all the way to the left as you face the school.)

 We'll hike for about 2.5 hours, getting in around 7 miles.  Some of the trails are hilly and rocky, so at our steady, moderately "healthy" pace, this hike would be challenging for beginning hikers. However, if you've done some rigorous D2 hikes and can handle the pace and distance, this should be a manageable hike for you!

If you bring your dog, it should be able to keep up with the group and interact well with other dogs and people. The Chattahoochee NRA requires that owners keep their dogs on a leash and clean up after their pets on the trails. Please be willing to keep your dog on leash out of consideration to other hikers, because it's the law and because the reputation of the AOC is damaged when members break the leash law.

Limit of 3 dogs, please!

Required Items to Bring:

Plenty of fluids

Sturdy hiking shoes/boots

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Trail snacks

Hiking poles if you like to use them


How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Sope Creek Elementary School - 3320 Papermill Road, Marietta, GA.

33.935803, -84.453363

The Sope Creek Elementary School parking lot is on Papermill Road, about 1/4 mile from Sope Creek parking lot.  If you're coming from Johnson Ferry Road, so about 1/2 mile past the Sope Creek bridge, to Sope Creek Elementary School on your left. If you're coming from I-75 on Papermill, it will be on your right at the traffic light at Shadowlawn Road.   When you turn into the school parking lot, go to the large lot on your left and park all the way at the end.


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