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Daylight Savings Kickoff Hike at Mason Mill Park & Lullwater Preserve at Emory
|Event Location:||NE metro Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Sun, Mar 14 2021 3:00 pm >> Sun, Mar 14 2021 6:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Fri, Mar 12 2021 11:00 am|
|Registration Cut Off:||Sun, Mar 14 2021 1:00 pm|
|Event Duration:||3 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:||7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: Help the AOC celebrate the return of Daylight Savings Time this Sunday by joining us for this adventurous late afternoon hike! Ideal weather is expected - in the high 70s with lots of sunshine & no chance of rain. We'll explore about 5 miles of the vast network of shady trails & boardwalks at DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park and the interconnecting Lullwater Preserve parklands at Emory University.
OPTIONAL EXTRA INFO about the PARKS, TRAILS etc: The hundreds of acres of beautifully wooded parklands at Mason Mill and Emory conveniently interconnect with one another. 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 their high design & construction standards. In the ~15 years since PATH built the original mile of "double-wide" trail & boardwalk between Mason Mill Park and Medlock Park 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. Although we don't have time to include it this time, another fun option is to walk eastward beyond Medlock Park a few blocks further to lovely Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve and enjoy at least a mile-long "bird-habitat wetlands loop" there before heading back.
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!
Cancellation/Partial Attendance: Please review the AOC cancellation policy.