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Mason Mill and its Interconnecting Parks: Shady Trails & Forest Canopy Boardwalks + nice post-Sally Weather!
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near Clairmont Rd & I-85|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Sep 19 2020 4:30 pm >> Sat, Sep 19 2020 7:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Thu, Sep 17 2020 7:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Sep 19 2020 2:00 pm|
|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:||6 / 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 late Saturday afternoon for this adventurous 2-1/2 hour "COVID-distancing" hike via a network of beautiful trails & boardwalks here in NE metro Atlanta. Ideal fall-like hiking weather in the low 70s is expected with "Sally" out of the picture and little or no chance of rain. We'll explore about 5 miles of wooded terrain that interconnects Mason Mill Park with three adjoining "sister parks": Medlock, Ira Melton, and Emory's Lullwater Preserve. We intend to observe the CDC's Covid-19 guidelines regarding social distancing,etc.
Along the way we'll enjoy portions of popular "PATH Foundation" trails and raised boardwalks. Branching from these are several miles of ruggedly scenic narrower trails, many which we'll also explore and which wind around loops of the creeks and traverse scenic ridges. An impressive section of the main PATH Trail traverses the railroad track via a 3-story-wooden deck and walkway. Here hikers and bikers are treated to aerial views of the restored ruins of the historic Decatur Waterworks.
OPIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc.: 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!)
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