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Decatur Area Inter-Park Hike at Mason Mill, Medlock & Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
|Event Location:||NE metro Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Fri, Dec 11 2020 1:00 pm >> Fri, Dec 11 2020 3:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Wed, Dec 9 2020 9:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Fri, Dec 11 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:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: Ideal hiking weather is expected in Atlanta this Friday afternoon - in the 60s with lots of sunshine and virtually no chance of rain. Hope you can join us for this moderately paced 2-1/2-hour hike. We'll first explore the network of shady trails that connect DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park and Medlock Park - then hike beyond Medlock a half mile eastward tor a circuit of the wetlands boardwalks & trails at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (see map above), We'll return to our cars at Mason Mill via a slightly more adventurous route.
OPTIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc: The hundreds of beautifully forested acres at DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park, Medlock Park and other adjoining nature preserves conveniently interconnect with one another via a huge network of trails. 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 was built to PATH's excellent design & construction standards. In the ~15 years since PATH built the original mile of "double-wide" trail & boardwalk between Mason Mill & Medlock the foundation has invested additional millions to create and maintain a beautiful 3/4-mile spur from Mason Mill to North Druid Hills Rd and another 1/2-mile spur to Emory University underneath Clairmont Rd, allowing easy access to the awesome Lullwater Preserve trail network. At Mason Mill a high wooden deck overlooking the historic "Decatur Waterworks" ruins by the RR track has proven to be a favorite dark spot for urban "skygazing" - i.e, viewing the stars & planets, sunsets, moonrises, eclipses, meteor showers, comets, etc. Just across the creek below that deck is Ira Melton Park, with a convenient set of massive flat stepping stones allowing hikers easy access to its trails at normal water levels. Another option is to walk a few blocks eastward from Medlock Park to Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve (mapped above) and enjoy its mile-long outer loop and other trails & boardwalks that surround its central beaver pond and birdwatching area.
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:|
DIRECTIONS to our GATHERING SPOT in the MASON MILL PARKING LOT, just inside the PARK ENTRANCE by the STONE RESTROOM BLDG:
FROM the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA to our MASON MILL PARK Gathering Spot:
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Free Event with Free Parking!
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