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Cascade Springs Nature Preserve

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Southwest Atlanta
Date(s) & Time:Fri, Nov 6 2020  10:00 am >> Fri, Nov 6 2020 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Nov 5 2020 3:05 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 6 2020 10:00 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: 7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Located in Southwest Atlanta, the 135-acre Cascade Springs Nature Preserve provides a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. While quaint shopping plazas and historic residential neighborhoods surround the preserve, the trails here lead you through a wild landscape with tumbling streams, a waterfall,  and peaceful woods with earthworks from Atlanta’s Civil War past. The Preserve   is one of the oldest forests extant in the Atlanta city limits, and features several small springs feeding the sandy shoals of Utoy Creek. 

As we hike through the nature preserve, we'll see the earthworks dug by Confederate troops and other historic remains, including a small quarry and a springhouse. People once believed that the water from the spring had healing properties, so it was bottled and sold for a period of time. In the 1970s, the preserve was created to protect one of Atlanta’s oldest forests and relics of the city’s historic past.

Our pace will be moderate as we wind our way along the trails.  This is NOT a fitness hike, so if speed is your goal, please choose another event. 

Free parking in a large parking lot off Cascade Road.   No bathroom facilities.

Required Items to Bring:

Water and sturdy shoes

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles if you like to use them

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

2852 Cascade Road Southwest, Atlanta, GA 30311

Going South on I 285 take Exit 7.

At the bottom of the ramp turn left (i.e. East) onto Cascade Road.

Proceed about 1.4 miles. The park will be on your right at the traffic light. 

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