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13th Annual Dauset Trails Fall Camping and R&R Retreat: Free Kayaking & Canoeing + miles of Hiking & Biking Trails including exciting New Ones!
|Event Location:||~50 miles south of Atlanta, just east of I-75 Exit 198|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Oct 1 2021 7:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 3 2021 3:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Jul 22 2021 9:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Sep 17 2021 4:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||All Weekend! Come & go as you please from midday Fri thru Sun PM.|
|Difficulty Rating:||D2: Easy to Moderate|
|Trip Leader(s):||Charlie Cottingham|
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|Member Cost:||$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)|
|Who's Invited:||Members Only, 21 And Older Only|
|Maximum Group Size:||20|
|Minimum Group Size:||15|
|Number Registered So Far:||27 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
Important COVID Note! For this event the AOC will require that every participant be fully Covid-vaccinated (by 2 wks prior to the trip) esp. since we expect to be in close proximity with one another and with other park visitors. Thankfully Dauset Trails Nature Center is again welcoming group campsite reservations by eco-friendly groups such as ours who respect the CDC's guidelines. (Until recently, due to the pandemic, camping had been suspended at the gorgeous ~2000-acre nature preserve.)
IN a NUTSHELL: Ask any of the hundreds of AOCers who have enjoyed this trip with us in the past at this incredible 1800-acre forested nature preserve. It's a blast! Again this fall we have exclusive reserved use of Dauset Trails' nice lakeside group campsite with its spacious dining pavilion and surrounding recreation area for the entire 3-day 2-night weekend. The nature center & forest-wildlife preserve is an easy drive from Atlanta, ~50 miles south via I-75. You're welcome to arrive/ depart/ return, etc. at our group site at your convenience between midday Friday and Sunday afternoon. (See detailed Directions below.)
"C TO THE 10TH" EVENT! This semi-annual AOC adventure and R & R getaway can aptly be described as "C to the 10th Power." Convenient & Close to Atlanta and Cost-Conscious, it includes big group Cookouts & Campfires—a quality Carside Camping and adventure experience for outdoor enthusiasts from beginner thru expert. As mentioned above, in lieu of bringing a tent or hammock feel free to sleep in one of our "Covered-Camping" Turkey Roost (see detailsbelow). We’ll have FREE Canoeing and Kayaking all weekend with the Nature Center's nice fleet of boats (+ paddles & lifejackets) in the pretty lake by our dining pavilion. As usual we'll provide free 1-on-1 Classes in basic paddling strokes & skills for any who request it. There are also great Cycling & Hiking opportunities on the huge network of wooded trails—so don't forget your hiking shoes or boots and if you have a hybrid or mountain bike, consider bringing it! For the benefit of any who may be new to any of such wilderness pursuits, we'll have experienced AOC volunteers on hand to offer free Counseling in the basic skills of Camping, Hiking, Cycling, Paddling and the lore of GA's beautiful native plants and animals. An amazing free bonus of the Nature Center is its 15-acre “Critter Corral” a.k.a. "Wildlife Trail," This shady open-air Zoo with its adjoining lakeside Visitor Center, Museum & Botanical Garden display dozens of GA's native wild mammals, birds, reptiles & fish and native plants in a picturesque setting, and on each trip we offer a ~2-hour Saturday AM Orientation Hike from our campsite & back to enjoy all that. You newcomers will quickly see why we Dauset "veterans" love this in-Credible place! -Your trip Leader Charlie Cottingham, a.k.a "C-square." :-)
CAMPING FACILITIES: There's plenty of nicely shaded level campsite space near our dining pavilion and lake, and for any who prefer more privacy it's fine to pitch your tent (or hang your hammock) in any of the many flat clearings in the adjoining forest. If you prefer you're welcome to sleep on one of the convenient “Turkey Roost” platforms - see below. From the big shady parking area at our group site it's no more than a 2- or 3-minute walk to any of the dozens of beautiful tent or hammock sites - or to the Turkey Roosts. Esp. if the weather happens to be unusually wet or cool, feel free to sleep inside your own vehicle or RV, as I (Charlie) often do!
MEALS SCHEDULE at the PAVILION:
Sat & Lun informal Lunches: For those of us who happen to be at the campsite at midday on Sat or Sun we enjoy putting out various tasty "potluck" items in the pavilion to share, but we don't bother pre-planning specific Lunch contributions. If you expect to be away from the campsite hiking, biking, exploring, etc. consider carrying a light daypack or fanny pack with a few snack items such as fruit, a sandwich, trail mix, cookies, etc.—plus water, smartphone, camera, etc.
FOR MORE about DAUSET TRAILS NATURE CENTER visit their official website at www.DausetTrails.com. Phone number: 770-775-6798. Founded in 1977 and just 50 miles south of Atlanta, the 1800-acre preserve focuses on environmental education and outdoor activities for nature lovers of all ages. The park and its beautiful forested property were privately endowed by two highly esteemed local citizens, Hamp Daughtry and David Settles - hence the coined name, DAU-SET." Its friendly hard-working staffers oversee its Visitor Center & Museum, Antique Barnyard, Botanical Gardens, Zoo and other amazing free attractions discussed above. For an amazing set of nice color Maps, including the ~30-mile network of hiking & biking trails click here: https://www.dausettrails.com/trails-2/ Our lakeside group camping area surrounds "Pavilion 2" and the "Chapel" by Junction "18" in the center of the "Bike & Hike" map.
An added bonus of Dauset Trails is that it directly adjoins historic Indian Springs State Park - also is just a 10-minute drive from lovely High Falls State Park. These sister parks boast fabulous hiking trails, huge lakes, waterfalls, botanical gardens, country stores, ice cream shops, and much more. Click here for the Indian Springs State Park map: https://gastateparks.org/sites/default/files/parks/pdf/trailmaps/IndianSprings_Map2019.pdf
FOR DOZENS of COLORFUL DAUSET TRAILS PHOTOS: Google on "Dauset Trails Photos"vand then click "View all" below the first block of images that appears.
Thanks to Angela Nelson for the above beautiful group "beach & boats" shot taken on our May 2009 Dauset Trails trip.
|How to Get There:|
IMPORTANT: Please pay close attention to the numbered verbal Directions below. They give the precise mileages between turns and explain the special entrance & exit procedures for reaching our remote AOC Group Site. Don't try to rely solely on GPS! (As an adjunct to these directions you GPS users can enter Lat/Lon 33.2321,-83.9489 as coordinates of our special AOC entrance gate discussed in detail below.)
1. From the southside I-75/ I-285 Interchange (east of the Atlanta Airport) take I-75 South about 35 miles and get off at Exit #198, "High Falls Rd." (If you live on Atlanta’s east side consider this shortcut: From I-285 Exit #52 take I-675 southward to I-75 South, then it's just 29 miles further to Exit #198 at High Falls Rd.)
4. Turn Left off Mt. Vernon Church Road onto the gravel "Camping" entrance road discussed above, and bear leftward for about 100 yards where you’ll arrive at a steel gate. (The gate is just beyond a “check-in bulletin board” and gravel parking lot for mountain bikers & other “day-use” visitors.) CRUCIAL DETAIL: Drive through this gate toward our Camping Area as follows: The gate is normally "Fake-locked" with an old padlock on a chain. Simply lift the end of the chain off the nail, open the gate, proceed through it with your vehicle, then reclose the gate just as you found it by wrapping the chain and padlock around the gatepost and re-hooking it on the nail.
5. Then drive beyond this Camping gate about 0.8 mile northward via the gravel road to our lakeside campers’ Dining Pavilion ("Group Pavilion #2") on your right. There's plenty of free Parking along both sides of the gravel roadway. (By the way, just before you reach the Pavilion area you'll pass through a second steel gate that is normally left unlocked for reserved camping groupss. We like to leave this second gate in the OPEN all weekend. If you arrive early and find this 2nd gate locked, feel free to ask a ranger at the nearby Nature Center Office to assist you, and you could try reaching them by phone at 770-775-6798.)
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|Cost & Payment:|
• Weekend-long optional Camping in shady tent or hammock sites or in "Turkey Roost" open-sided roofed structures.
|Payment Cut Off:||Payment must be received by the AOC on Fri, Sep 17 2021.|
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It is your responsibility to get your event payment in on time to our AOC Treasurer, by 4:00 PM on Fri Sep 17th. Please allow at least two days for processing a PayPal or Electronic Funds Transfer transaction. Cash and mailed checks are not permitted. If you pay by check it must be hand carried to an AOC Officer or Treasurer by the payment deadline.