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Warm Afternoon Hike at Mason Mill Park & adjoining Emory Trails
|Event Location:||NE metro Atlanta near I-85 Clairmont exit & VA Hospital|
|Date(s) & Time:||Tue, Feb 1 2022 1:30 pm >> Tue, Feb 1 2022 3:30 pm|
|Registration Opens:||Sun, Jan 30 2022 12:30 pm|
|Registration Cut Off:||Tue, Feb 1 2022 11:00 am|
|Event Duration:||2 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:||10 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)|
|Are Dogs Permitted:||Yes|
EVENT PLAN: Hope you can join us for this adventurous mid-afternoon hike! Ideal winter weather is expected - in the high 50s 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.
For an INTERACTIVE TRAIL MAP of the MASON MILL, MEDLOCK & EMORY PARKLANDS, click: https://www.pathfoundation.org/south-peachtree-creek-trail
|How to Get There:|
DIRECTIONS to our GATHERING SPOT in the MASON MILL PARKING LOT, just inside the main Park Entrance by the stone Restroom Building:
ROUTE from the I-85 CLAIRMONT ROAD EXIT in NE METRO ATLANTA to our above MASON MILL PARK Gathering Spot:
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Free Event with Free Parking!
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