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Sope Creek/ Cochran Shoals Exploratory Extravaganza - 10 miles NEW TIME!!!!

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Sope Creek Parking. 3760 Paper Mill Road SE, Marietta GA 30067
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Jan 6 2022  8:30 am >> Thu, Jan 6 2022 12:00 pm
Registration Opens: Sun, Jan 2 2022 9:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Wed, Jan 5 2022 9:00 pm
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult (Exploratory)
Distance:10 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Leigh B
Gary 'L'
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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:3
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Note: This is an "EXPLORATORY" trip. This means that there are parts of this trip, or perhaps the whole trip, that is new to your Trip Leader(s). However, they are confident that this will not be an issue.
This note is here so that you can make an informed decision. When a Trip Leader isn't personally familiar with a trip, there is an increased chance of things not going as planned and you need to be prepared. The Trip Leader may have additional details in the itinerary.


Join us as we enjoy the Sope Creek and Cochran Shoals CRNA areas.

We will begin at the Sope Creek Parking lot and head down to the ruins. We will cross the bridge to look at the ruins on the other side, so we will very carefully traverse the road bridge over the creek and check out the other ruins. We have allocated some time for photos. 

After this we will come back across the bridge and head to Sibley Pond, then weave through the many trails into Cochran Shoals. Once in Cochran Shoals we will head through to the bathroom for a break. We will make our way at a fast pace on the asphalt wide path all the way to Akers Mill. After another short break, we will turn around and then get off trail hanging a left to the swampy boardwalk. 

We will be on hiking trails, bike trails and asphalt so consider your footwear. 

We will then head back taking some of the same and some different trails and head back to the parked cars.We can get some great elevation in these back trails, especially on the Cochran Shoals side. 

Why is this exploratory? Even though we know these trails well, we want to increase our usual D2 6 mile hike to a D4 10 ish mile hike for those wishing to do more miles. We will be exploring the routes as we go.

If you sign up, be prepared to finish 15 minutes either side of the published finish time and also accept we may be closer to 9 miles or we may be over 10 miles as we weave through the many walking and biking trails this beautiful area has. 

This is not a beginners hike. We will keep up an aggresive 3mph + for the duration of the hike. This hike will probably offer about 1400 ft of elevation change, so a fast pace should be very manageable. 

Trailhead location

Required Items to Bring:

Good shoes,


Correct weather layers


Recommended Items to Bring:
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Hiking poles


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