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Give Back to Mason Mill Park with Ranger Jonah McDonald, author of our favorite Metro Atlanta hiking guidebook
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Jan 12 2020 12:45 pm >> Sun, Jan 12 2020 3:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Jan 10 2020 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Jan 12 2020 9:00 am|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||10|
|Minimum Group Size:||2|
|Number Registered So Far:||4 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
EVENT PLAN: Beautiful sunny weather in the 60s is expected this Sunday afternoon after the rain ends on Saturday night. Hope you can plan to give back to nature by pitching in with us on this ~2-hour volunteer project at one of our most popular AOC hiking venues. It will be hosted by our friend, Ranger Jonah McDonald at Mason Mill Park here in NE Atlanta.
Our AOC "subgroup" will gather initially at 12:45 PM just inside the Mason Mill Park entrance (by the stone restroom building and kids' playground - see detailed Directions below). If you don't have your own Work Gloves I'll have several extra pair that I'll be happy to lend during the project. After AOC introductions we'll walk together to the nearby "PATH Trailhead" where at 1:00 PM we'll be greeted by Ranger Jonah and other volunteers. We expect to be back at the cars no later than about 3:00 PM. If you need to "split" early from the group that's OK, but be sure to let me (Charlie) know if and when you do so. It should be easy to direct you back to the parking lot.
MORE ABOUT MASON MILL and its other adjoining PARKS & TRAILS: DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park conveniently interconnects with nearby Medlock Park, Ira Melton Park, and Emory's Lullwater Park via a network of shady trails and multi-million dollar forest canopy boardwalks like the one shown in the photo above. The South Peachtree Creek "PATH" Trail is the main artery through this multi-park corridor, and like NW Atlanta's Silver Comet Trail was built to the high standards of Atlanta's nonprofit PATH Foundation. Branching from the main trail are several miles of ruggedly scenic narrow paths and trails, many which adjoin the banks of "South Fork Peachtree Creek" and its sinuous tributaries - notably Burnt Fork Creek and Glen Creek. An impressive section of the trail traverses the railroad track via a 3-story wooden deck & walkway. Here hikers and bikers are treated to aerial views of the restored ruins of the historic early-20th-Century Decatur Waterworks. The highest portion of the deck has proven to be a good dark spot for occasional urban "skygazing" - i.e, viewing the stars & planets, sunsets, moonrises, eclipses, meteor showers, etc. From just below the Waterworks deck it's easy to cross the main creek via a pathway of huge flat stepping stones which at normal water levels allows easy access to Ira Melton Park and its white-blazed loop trail, etc. In 2017 a new mile-long forest canopy boardwalk was opened between Mason Mill Park's DeKalb Tennis Center and North Druid Hills Road, which proved to be an instant AOC favorite. Then in 2018 the PATH Foundation opened a similar "double-wide" boardwalk + paved trail that make it easy to hike from Mason Mill Park to the Lullwater Park trail system at Emory (via a "hiker-biker underpass" to cross safely under Clairmont Rd near the VA Hospital). A fourth nice DeKalb County park that's easy to access by foot from the above trails is the 28-acre Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, just a 10-minute walk east of Medlock Park.
FOR a COLOR MAP of the SOUTH PEACHTREE CREEK "PATH" TRAIL and how it interconnects Mason Mill & Medlock Park and other DeKalb County green space, click this link: https://pathfoundation.org/trails/south-peachtree-creek-trail/
|How to Get There:|
FROM the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA to our MASON MILL PARK Meetup Spot: (For a zoomable color MAP and satellite view of this spot and its vicinity click the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article.)
1. From the I-85 "Clairmont Road" Exit (Exit #91) in NE Atlanta take Clairmont Rd southward (toward Decatur) about 2.3 miles to the traffic light at McConnell Drive. (This is the next light south of the big Clairmont/ North Druid Hills intersection. If you reach the huge VA Hospital you've gone a couple of blocks too far!)
GPS & Maps.Google.com USERS: Feel free to augment my above verbal directions by entering as your Destination Address these concise Lat/Lon coordinates for our meetup spot, being sure to include the comma & minus sign: 33.8080, -84.3066
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Free Event with Free Parking!
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