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Lullwater Preserve at Emory + Mason Mill Park: Colorful Fall Foliage via exciting Trails & Boardwalks
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Oct 25 2020 4:00 pm >> Sun, Oct 25 2020 6:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Oct 23 2020 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Oct 25 2020 12:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||2 Hours|
|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:||9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: The brilliant reds, yellows & oranges of fall are beginning to pop out like crazy here in NE metro Atlanta. Hope you can join us Sunday afternoon for this adventurous 2-hour hike. We'll explore about 5 miles of the shady trails & boardwalks that connect Emory University's Lullwater Preserve with Mason Mill Park. Nice fall hiking weather is expected - in the low to mid-70s with lots of blue in the sky and hardly any chance of rain.
Bring your well-behaved dog if you like, but please make sure that he or she is leashed and under your control at all times.
OPTIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc: As discussed above Mason Mill Park and Emory's Lullwater Preserve conveniently connect with one another via an amazing network of shady trails (both paved and unpaved) 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 PATH South Peachtree Creek Trail (see interactive map link below) 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 overlooking the historic "Decatur Waterworks" ruins and RR track has proven to be a handy 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 easy optional access to the ~1-mile network of "Ira Melton Park" trails unless the creek water is too high. Although we don't have time to include it this time, another fun option (that we sometimes add for hikes in this area 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 ~1-mile "wetlands bird-habitat 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!)
GPS and GOOGLE MAPS USERS: In lieu of a numerical street address for our gathering spot in the Park you can enter the following Lat/Lon as your Destination address, being sure to include the comma and minus sign.
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