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Mason Mill Park: An exciting variety of Shady Trails & Forest Canopy Boardwalks celebrating the Summer Solstice
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Jun 20 2020 8:30 am >> Sat, Jun 20 2020 11:00 am|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Jun 18 2020 10:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Jun 20 2020 7:30 am|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours 30 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:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
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EVENT PLAN: Hope you can join us Saturday morning for this adventurous 2-1/2 hour "COVID-distancing" hike via the amazing network of shady trails & boardwalks that interconnect Mason Mill Park and its adjoining "sister parks" (Medlock Park, Ira Melton Park and Emory's Lullwater Preserve) here in NE Atlanta. We'll gather a few minutes before 8:30 AM (corrected time) just inside the Mason Mill Park entrance, in its free parking lot (by the stone restroom building and kids' playground). See detailed Directions & GPS info below. Beautiful blue-sky weather is expected - about 70 degrees when we begin and warming only to about 80 when we arrive back at our cars at about 11:00 AM.
ABOUT the PARKS, TRAILS and HIKING OPTIONS: The four pretty parks mentioned above are located just east of Clairmont Road near Emory University and the VA Hospital. They conveniently interconnect with one another via a ~10-mile network of shady single-track dirt trails, paved trails, and raised boardwalks. There's even a tunnel under Clairmont Road that makes it easy and safe to hike between Mason Mill Park and Emory's Lullwater Preserve.. The South Peachtree Creek Trail is the main artery through this corridor, and like the Silver Comet Trail was built to the high standards of Atlanta's "PATH Foundation." Since PATH's original construction (in about 2005) of the trail's first mile of paved trail & boardwalk between Mason Mill Park and Medlock Park, additional millions of dollars have been invested to construct and maintain another 3/4-mile-long spur trail/boardwalk from Mason Mill to North Druid Hills Rd and another beautiful half-mile spur to Clairmont Rd, allowing easy access to Emory's trails. A high wooden deck where the main trail crosses the RR track at the historic "Decatur Waterworks" has proven to be a good dark spot for urban "skygazing" - i.e, viewing the stars & planets, sunsets, moonrises, eclipses, meteor showers, comets, etc. In the creek below the Waterworks' high deck is a convenient set of massive flat stepping stones, allowing hikers to access the Ira Melton Park trails.
p.s. Although we won't have time to include it this time, another nice option (that we sometimes add for Mason Mill -based hikes of 3 hours or more) is to walk a few blocks further eastward beyond Medlock Park (via residential streets) to lovely Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and do at least a short "wetlands" loop there before heading back to our Mason Mill Park meetup spot.
CLICK THIS LINK for an INTERACTIVE MAP of the SOUTH PEACHTREE CREEK "PATH" TRAIL and how its main and spur trails interconnect Mason Mill Parkl, Medlock Park, Emory's Lullwater Preserve and other DeKalb County-owned green space: https://maps.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 Gathering Spot: (For a zoomable color MAP and satellite view of this spot and its vicinity click on the square blue & green "Event Location" 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!)
LAT/LON COORDINATES of the Mason Mill Park spot where we'll gather: (You GPS or Google.com/maps users may wish to augment my above verbal directions by entering these map coordinates as your GPS Destination Address, being sure to include the comma and minus sign.)
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