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Mason Mill Park & Emory Lullwater Preserve: Peak Fall Foliage via exciting Trails & Boardwalks
|Event Location:||NE Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sat, Nov 14 2020 2:00 pm >> Sat, Nov 14 2020 4:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Nov 13 2020 7:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sat, Nov 14 2020 12:00 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:||9 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: The reds, yellows & oranges of fall are close to "peak" here in the forested parklands of NE Atlanta. Hope you can join us Saturday afternoon for an adventurous but only moderately paced 2-hour hike. We'll explore about 5 miles of the shady trails & boardwalks that connect Mason Mill Park with Emory University's Lullwater Preserve. Ideal hiking weather is expected - about 70 degrees with a clear blue sky and low humidity.
OPTIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc: DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park and Emory's Lullwater Preserve now conveniently connect with one another and there's even a "PATH pedestrian underpass" under Clairmont Road that makes it easy and safe to hike between the two. The PATH Foundation's South Peachtree Creek Trail (see interactive map link below) is the main artery through this "multi-park" region, and like the Silver Comet Trail it was built to their high design & construction standards. In the years since PATH's construction of the original mile of "double-wide" trail between Mason Mill Park and Medlock Park (in about 2005) the foundation has raised and invested additional millions of dollars to create and maintain another 3/4-mile-long spur trail & boardwalk from Mason Mill to North Druid Hills Rd and another beautiful 1/4-mile spur from Mason Mill underneath 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.
AOC Covid-19 Participant Limit: In the interest of following public health guidelines, our Club limits the number of participants on each outing to TEN. In due time we look forward to being able to restore our normal pre-pandemic limits for events of various types.
CLICK THIS LINK for an INTERACTIVE MAP of the SOUTH PEACHTREE CREEK "PATH" TRAIL and how its main and spur trails interconnect Mason Mill Park, Medlock Park, Lullwater Preserve and other DeKalb County 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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