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THIRD Cinco de Mayo Hike: Big Trees Forest Preserve (Beginners Welcome)

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sandy Springs, GA   Hike: THIRD Cinco de Mayo Hike: Big Trees Forest Preserve (Beginners Welcome)  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Wed, May 5 2021  12:45 pm >> Wed, May 5 2021 1:45 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Apr 28 2021 3:04 pm
Registration Cut Off: Wed, May 5 2021 12:45 pm
Event Duration:1 Hour
Difficulty Rating:D1: Easy
Distance:1.5 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:2
Number Registered So Far: 8 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Ready for our third hike of the day on this special Mexican holiday?  There are 5 hikes available today in the series.  Join us on one of them, two of them, or even all of them if you like!  Wear a sombrero  and get into the spirit of the day!   We'll take a break after this hike to have a Mexican lunch at Tijuana Joe's on Roswell Road (Sandy Springs). Lunch will take place around 2 pm.  Join us!

This third hike of the day will be in a beautiful woodsy enclave right off of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs.  A bathroom building has been constructed at the entrance, and parking is easy, as this trailhead shares the lot with the government building on Roswell Road. This is the perfect hike for beginners who can't handle speed, distance, or elevation changes yet.   There is some slight rolling terrain, but we'll go at an easy pace, so it won't be difficult. This Sandy Springs location is a hidden treasure right smack in the middle of a bustling neighborhood off of Roswell Road.  We'll begin the hike at 12:45 pm, but arrive 10 minutes early to use the bathroom and meet the other folks on the hike.

This trail is especially beautiful in the spring time, with lush trees and babbling brooks. 

This is an excellent hike for folks who want to get into hiking for the first time, who want to simply get out and enjoy the beauty of nature and breathe some fresh air without exerting themselves, or who want to begin hiking again after an injury. The trail is soft and free of roots and rocks. Veteran hikers are certainly welcome to join us, but please don't complain about the slow speed!

There are several little trails at Big Tree Preserve, including  (1) the Backcountry Trail; (2) the Spring Hollow Trial; and (3) the Jackson Overlook Trail. All of these trails are for foot travel only and are easy to walk with no steep grades.  No runners or bikers allowed!

After this hike, all are invited to join us for a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration lunch at Tijuana Joe's, just 1/2 mile down Roswell Road from the Big Trees Preserve parking lot.  

7870 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Required Items to Bring:

Comfortable shoes and water

Please bring a mask for when social distancing isn't possible - CDC Guidelines

Recommended Items to Bring:
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Insect repellant, a camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Big Tree Forest Preserve
7645 Roswell Road
Sandy Springs,FA 30350

From 285
- Go NORTH on GA- 400 1 1/2 miles to exit 5B (Sandy Springs).
- Go west 1.3 miles on Abernathy Rd. to Roswell Rd.
- Turn right onto Roswell Rd. and go north 2.1 miles.

Big Trees Forest Preserve is on the right next to the North Fulton County Government Service Center Building.  It shares the same parking lot as the government building.

Going SOUTH on GA- 400
- Take Exit 5 onto Abernathy Rd.
- Turn right onto Abernathy and follow from above.

Notes: - information on Big Trees Forest Preserve

Tijuana Joe's:  7870 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30350


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Dogs (on leash) are permitted, but let's keep it limited to 3 people with dogs.  

No parking fee is required at this location.

There is a bathroom right at the entrance to the trailhead!