Hidden Gems of Arabia Mountain! - an adventurous late-morning Hike via seldom-explored Trails
|Event Location:||3787 Klondike Rd, Stonecrest, GA 30038 (~20 mi E of downtown Atlanta near I-20)|
|Date(s) & Time:||Thu, May 20 2021 9:30 am >> Thu, May 20 2021 12:00 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Tue, May 18 2021 12:00 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Thu, May 20 2021 7:00 am|
|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:||7 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||No|
IN A NUTSHELL: Thursday morning's weather forecast is looking great, with sunny skies and in the low-70s - ideal for hiking. Hope you can join us to explore beautiful Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve and many of its "hidden gems" that make this huge DeKalb County park such a scenic, ecological and historic treasure. We'll gather a few minutes before 9:30 AM at the Nature Center's outdoor bulletin-board kiosk adjoining the big free parking lot. (Please follow carefully my Directions & GPS info below.)
HIKE PLAN: After welcoming and introducing one another we'll enjoy many of the park's seldom-hiked trails including the beautiful blue-blazed loop around "Mountain Lake" - just beyond our initial trek to the mountain's twin rocky summits. Also we'll visit a second shady lakeshore and hike its scenic connecting creekside trail. We'll pause at scenic spots along the way to shoot photos, observe birds & wildlife, climb through historic quarry ruins and marvel at the hundreds of acres of rocky outcrops with their rare native flora & fauna. Should be no problem arriving back at the Nature Center parking lot by 12:00 Noon.
OPTIONAL GROUP PICNIC LUNCH: (~12:00 Noon - 12:30PM) If you can spare the time I encourage you to bring a light picnic lunch. We can leave these in our cars during the hike - in small coolers, etc. There's a shady picnic table area by the Nature Center and you're welcome to join me there for lunch & friendly conversation before we head our separate ways.
FASCINATING ANCIENT "MONADNOCK" GEOLOGY! The exposed rocky outcrops at Arabia Mountain are remnants of huge globules of molten magma that bubbled up deep inside the earth about 400 million years ago - long before the appearance of dinosaurs. The igneous globules slowly cooled and hardened, and now many eons later their tops have been revealed after miles of softer layers of earth and rock eroded away above them. Arabia has two popular nearby "siblings" - Stone Mountain and Panola Mountain, which geologically are about 100 million years younger, but also older than the age of dinosaurs. All three are called "monadnocks" - the term used by geologists for such ancient granitic domes.
|How to Get There:|
GPS Destination Address (Davidson-Arabia Nature Center): 3787 Klondike Rd, Stonecrest, GA 30038
Directions from the I-20/ I-285 Interchange on Atlanta's East Side: (The Davidson-Arabia Nature Center is about an 8-mile drive from this interchange. For a zoomable map or satellite view of our gathering spot click the square blue & green "Event Location" icon near the top of this article. )
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Free Event with Free Parking!
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