Sope Creek Mill Ruins and More (from Sope Creek Elementary School) - Sat, Jan 25 2020

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Sope Creek Mill Ruins and More (from Sope Creek Elementary School)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sope Creek - Marietta   Hike: Sope Creek Mill Ruins and More (from Sope Creek Elementary School)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 25 2020  9:00 am >> Sat, Jan 25 2020 11:00 am
Registration Opens: Fri, Jan 24 2020 11:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jan 25 2020 8:00 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.5 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Holt Ward
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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:2
Number Registered So Far: 15 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Let's hike Sope Creek and visit the mill ruins across the creek.  We will start at 9:00 am, so plan on arriving 10 minutes early for introductions.  This is a CRNRA unit so it will require either an annual CRNRA pass or $5.  

As the parking lot at Sope Creek can be crowded on weekends, we will meet instead at Sope Creek Elementary School which sits on Paper Mill Road about 1/3 of a mile from the CRNRA lot.  Parking is free. 

We will start by hiking some of the trails on the West side of the creek (parking lot side) to get warmed up and then view the ruins from a high point of the trail overlooking the creek. We will continue to Paper Mill Road, cross the creek and then explore the far more extensive mill ruins on the East side of Sope Creek.  We will hike additional trails with our remaining time.

Our pace will be moderate and we will plan on covering about 4.5 miles in 2 hours.  There are some hills we will be climbing and a few roots and rocks, but nothing too difficult. 


Required Items to Bring:

Hiking Shoes, Water

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking Poles if you use them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Sope Creek Elementary School Parking Lot

3320 Paper Mill Rd SE
Marietta, GA

Directions: Take Interstate 75 North out of Atlanta to Windy Hill Road (exit 260). Turn right on Windy Hill Road, and then left on Powers Ferry Road. At the intersection of Powers Ferry and Terrell Mill Road, take a right on Terrell Mill. Take a right on Paper Mill Road; Sope Creek Elementary is located about 1/2 mile down on the right at the intersection of Paper Mill Road and Shadowlawn Road.  

From Johnson Ferry Road, cross the river going North; turn left at the Paper Mill Road intersection, past the Columns Drive light.  Stay on Paper Mill as it winds along to the Sope Creek bridge.  Once you cross the bridge, be alert for the Sope Creek sign on your left, about 1/4 mile from the bridge.  Pass this parking lot and continue approximately 1/3 miles further to the stop light at Shadowlawn Road.  The elementary school will be on your left.  

If you're traveling south on Johnson Ferry Road, turn right at Paper Mill Road and proceed according to the directions above.

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