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Sunday Morning Hike at Island Ford

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sandy Springs, GA   Hike: Sunday Morning Hike at Island Ford  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Jun 14 2020  9:30 am >> Sun, Jun 14 2020 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Jun 8 2020 11:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sun, Jun 14 2020 9:30 am
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:5 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:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Seems like a lot of folks want to hike on Sunday, so here's yet another option - - at Island Ford.

Since we can have only 10 participants on our hike, if the web site allows more than 10 on the active list, I will have to move all those over the limit to the waiting list.   

We'll be hiking at a moderate pace for the hike, covering close to 5 miles in the 2 hours we'll be on the trails.  BE SURE YOU HYDRATE WELL THE DAY BEFORE THE HIKE and bring water/electrolyte drinks to the hike. Adequate fluids are essential.

We'll start at the Hewlett Lodge parking lot. This is the parking lot farthest from the entrance gate.  It's about a mile down the entrance road and ends at the Visitor Center.  The Visitor Center has been closed since the CoVid-19 sheltering, so don't plan on it being open on Sunday.

We'll start the hike promptly at 9:30 am.   Arrive at least 5 minutes early to meet everyone before we start,  and/or to purchase a $5 parking pass if you don't own an annual pass. (The parks have not been charging for parking, but this might change by Sunday.)


No more than 3 dogs on the hike, so if 3 dogs are already listed, please do not add yours. If you bring your dog, it must be kept on leash at all times.  The reputation of the AOC is damaged when we break the leash law!  Please - - no aggressive dogs who might challenge other dogs or people on the hike.

Willow was aiming for some stomach rubs.

This is Willow, an example of a suitable, non-aggressive dog!  :-)


Required Items to Bring:
Appropriate hiking shoes (waterproof if we've had recent rain)
Water (electrolyte fluids are adviseable)
$5.00 cash or your annual pass (unless parking is still free)
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Hiking poles if you like to use them, especially after a rainy day!

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

1906 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.

Once you enter the main gate, drive down the road about a mile until you come to a dead end at the Visitor Center.


Trail Map -  


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

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

Please cancel your registration yourself up to the time of the hike if you can't join us after all.   It puts an unnecessary burden on the trip leaders to ask them to delete your registration before the hike starts.