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Forest Loop Trail Hike at Island Ford with Ranger Hightower

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: 9160 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 25 2020  1:00 pm >> Sat, Jan 25 2020 3:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 22 2020 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 25 2020 11:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4 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: 12 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Join Ranger Hightower for a moderately paced hike thru Island Ford learning all about the vegetation & wildlife 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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Join National Park Service Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a Hike through the oak hickory forest along the ridges overlooking Island Ford Shoals.  Hike along the river and see where the prehistoric Sixes Trail crossed the river at Island Ford and walk into a naturally occurring rock overhang used as shelter by the first human residents of the river corridor.  We should see signs of the abundant wildlife, such as paw prints in the soft mud.  However, seeing great blue herons taking flight, salamanders in a stream, or an osprey overhead is not uncommon.


We will meet at the park visitor center located in the Historic Hewlett Lodge at 1978 Island Ford Parkway, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350.  Use 9160 Roberts Drive, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 for navigation devices.


Facilities: Restrooms are located in the visitor center

Difficulty: Moderate

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:

9160 Island Ford Pkwy, Sandy Springs, GA

From northbound US 19 and GA 400
- Take exit #6 (Northridge Road).
- Coming off the exit, stay in the right lane, cross over GA 400, and turn right onto Dunwoody Place.
- Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
- Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.

From southbound US 19 and GA 400
- Take exit #6 (Northridge Road)
- Continue straight ahead at the traffic light onto Dunwoody Place.
- Go 0.5 miles to Roberts Drive.
- Turn right and proceed 0.7 miles to the park entrance on your right.

* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

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